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Turkish democracy is dead, but “we won’t kneel to government”

The latest media crackdown marked the end of democracy in Turkey, Today’s Zaman journalist Emre Soncan said in an interview with Russia Today.

On Friday, an İstanbul court appointed trustees to take over the management of the Feza Media Group, which includes Turkey’s biggest-selling newspaper, the Zaman daily, as well as Today’s Zaman and the Cihan news agency. Later that day, police threw tear gas and sprayed water cannons at crowds outside the main headquarters in Istanbul, and raided the offices. Some employees attempted to block police from entering and locked doors to the building.

Turkey’s President Erdogan suspended the Turkish constitution and assigned a commission among parliament leaders to draft a new constitution. Under the new constitution, the president will have more power than he currently does.

Soncan called the government’s takeover of the daily “a shameful day for Turkish democracy, for the rule of law, for freedom of expression.”

Asked if he will continue to work for the newspaper, Soncan said it was “impossible” to work there and firmly stated that he and the other employees “will not write what [the government] wants..we will not kneel in front of the repressive Turkish government.”

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