Journalists react as riot police enter the headquarters of Turkey's largest-circulation newspaper Zaman in Istanbul, Friday, March 4, 2016. (AP Photo)
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The European Union is facing increasing pressure to speak out against the erosion of media freedom in Turkey following the forced take-over of the country's largest-circulation newspaper, but few expect it to take a bold stance toward Ankara while trying to assure its help in dealing with the migration crisis.The Istanbul court's appointment of trustees to manage Zaman and its sister outlets comes days before a March 7 meeting, in which EU leaders will try to convince Turkey to do more to curtail the flow of migrants traveling to Europe and take back thousands who do not qualify for asylum.Rights advocacy groups accuse EU nations of keeping mute about deteriorating freedoms and human rights abuses in Turkey – including the large civilian death toll during military operations against Kurdish militants – because of the country's crucial role in curtailing the flow of migrants to Europe.
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