EU urges Turkey to respect democracy amid "worrying" media clampdown

The European Union calls on Turkey to abide by democratic standards, following the shutdown of scores of media organizations in the country.

"Turkey as a candidate country [for the EU] needs to aspire to the highest possible democratic standards and practices, including on the freedom of the media," says Maja Kocijancic, a spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.

"It is worrying that following the entry into force of the state of emergency in Turkey, arrest warrants have been issued against a large number of journalists and a number of media outlets have been shut down," she adds.

The EU continues, however, to implement a migration deal struck with Ankara earlier this year. The European Commission announced Thursday that it has allocated another 1.4 billion euros (1.6 billion dollars) in refugee aid for Turkey, bringing the total to 2.16 billion euros. But only 105 million euros has actually been disbursed so far.

Last update: Thu, 28/07/2016 - 13:12
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