Here's the selfie that reminded the world of Turkey's declining media freedom

Published September 18th, 2015 - 11:00 GMT
Turkish authorities have been cracking down on journalists, causing international concern for the country's declining media freedom. (AFP/File)
Turkish authorities have been cracking down on journalists, causing international concern for the country's declining media freedom. (AFP/File)

A mockup selfie of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan published in a magazine earlier this month had Turkish forces raid the outlet, causing further concern for the country's declining media freedom. 

In case you couldn't tell, that's a coffin in the background being carried by soldiers and draped by a Turkish flag.

Nokta Magazine published the photo in clear reference to a recent statement by Erdogan that "martyrdom is a cause for happiness," The Guardian reported. The raid of the magazine follows recent high-profile arrests of journalists in Turkey, including VICE News reporters.

A Dutch journalist was also recently deported and a BBC report was condemned by the Turkish government as publishing PKK propaganda. 

Nils Muinieks, council of Europe commissioner for human rights, quickly criticized the move in a tweet. 

"These raids on domestic media and the arrests of foreign reporters are a disturbing indication of the worsening press freedom climate in Turkey," CPJ Deputy Director Robert Mahoney said in a statement. "Covering the political and security upheavals in Turkey and the wider region is not terrorism. Calling it so is using national security as a cloak for censorship."

By Hayat Norimine


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