Turkey: Breaking the Silence

January 27, 2021 12:00 PM
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Voice of America’s new documentary explores how Turkey smothered a free press – and made arresting its journalists a weapon. Press freedom has never been ideal in Turkey. But under Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s authoritarian reign, the country emerged as a top jailer of journalists. Independent and critical media are targets while government censorship is on the rise. Turkey’s story holds lessons about the fragility of democracy – and why a free press matters.