Turkish newspaper prepares "last issue" before government takeover

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."

Last update: Fri, 04/03/2016 - 17:44
Author: 

More from World

Trump pledges to make America "greater than ever before"

US president-elect Donald Trump pledges to make America "greater than ever before" in remarks at a Washington rally...

Mexican drug lord "El Chapo" Guzman extradited to US

Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been extradited to the United States, Mexico's Foreign Ministry...

On final day, Obama blasts Congress on Gitmo, commutes drug sentences

US President Barack Obama used his final day in office to blast Congress for leaving him with unfinished business in...

West African troops cross into Gambia in search for Jammeh

Military forces of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) crossed from Senegal into Gambia, hours...

Obamas make final call to bid Merkel 'Auf Wiedersehen'

US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama telephoned German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband,...