The staff of the Zaman newspapers in Turkey are preparing what they expect to be their final edition before government-appointed trustees take over the opposition media outlet.

"We are working on the last issue of our newspaper," Sevgi Akarcesme, the editor in chief of Today's Zaman, the English language version of the paper, tells dpa by telephone. Her staff is rushing to finish before the trustees arrive.

"The government has seized our newspaper," she says, adding: "This is the end of media freedoms in Turkey and this is against our constitution. This is a sad and shameful day."

Akarcesme notes that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been sharply critical of the Constitutional Court in recent days after it ruled to release two imprisoned journalists.

"The president does not respect or recognize the constitution, as he himself has said."

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