Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan speaks at a news conference during an official visit to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, May 20, 2015. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic
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An Ankara court Thursday fined one of Turkey's top newspapers for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a column, as tensions between government and media grow ahead of June 7 elections.It ordered the newspaper's chairwoman Vuslat Dogan Sabanci and Yilmaz himself to pay 20,000 lira ($7,760) in damages to Erdogan, the official Anatolia news agency reported.Hurriyet's headline on the verdict, "Death sentence with 52 percent", was severely criticized by pro-government media and Erdogan himself for allegedly suggesting that the Turkish leader could share the same fate as Morsi.Erdogan was elected president with 52 percent of the vote in the August 2014 election after over a decade as prime minister.
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