Turkey and the press

Of the (too many) ways to silence journalists Turkey has added another: censorship by court fine. The New York Times calls a contentious $2.5 billion fine against a media company a “particularly chilling example of another way to shut down independent voices … that appears to be designed to put a major media company out of business.”

The international focus on Turkey has been on whether it should be admitted to the EU. Clearly, this fine shows that the answer is, not yet.