Written by Yazeed Kamaldien
At first glance Turkey appears to be a stable democracy, particularly compared to its neighbours Iraq and Syria, but its media fraternity tells a different story.
During a visit to this country a few weeks ago, South African journalists heard first-hand of the pressures their Turkish counterparts face.
A series of meetings between media colleagues from the two countries were organised by the international Hizmet Movement. The latter has Turkish founders running media-related, education and interfaith projects in various countries, including South Africa.
A contingent of South African journalists traveled recently to Turkey to show support for their counterparts facing government repression in that country. From left are Amina Frense, managing editor at public broadcaster SABC, Weekend Argus journalist Yazeed Kamaldien and City Press newspaper’s editor-at-large Mondli Makhanya, who showed support at a local TV station whose staff have been harassed and jailed.
Turkish journalists echoed…
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