ISTANBUL (CIHAN)- The Turkish government has been strongly criticized by media circles after Zaman daily
Uysaloglu said that only representatives of the state-run Anadolu news agency were given permission by FT to attend Mehmet Simsek's speech. He added that FT officials later allowed him to join the program, but shortly after Simsek started his speech, he was asked to leave the room.
Speaking to the Cihan news agency after the incident, Uysaloglu stated that FT official
Pinar TÜrenÇ, president of the
"It is not possible to accept a journalist, who holds a press card and represents a media outlet in another country, being kicked out during a Turkish minister's speech. Recently there have been attempts to restrict critical media in such meetings or speeches. I think this is not acceptable in terms of freedom of the press," she added.
Also in April, journalist Tugba Mezararkali was told by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to change her job and leave the Zaman daily during a press conference. Prime Minister Erdogan had told the correspondent from the Zaman daily, which he associates with the so-called "parallel state," to leave her job while speaking to journalists at Istanbul AtatÜrk Airport before catching a flight to
This was not the first time Erdogan had targeted Zaman reporters asking him questions on various occasions.
(Cihan/Today's Zaman) CIHAN
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