Turkey: Temporary closure of Özgür Gündem latest blow to freedom of expression

Index Number: EUR 44/4697/2016

Amnesty International calls on the authorities to lift the temporary closure of Kurdish daily newspaper Özgür Gündem. The newspaper was closed for an indefinite period on 16 August 2016 on the decision of the judge of the Istanbul 8th Criminal Court of Peace. A prosecutor requested the closure on the grounds of ongoing criminal investigations against the newspaper for making propaganda for the armed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and acting as its media outlet.

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