epa05194723 Supporters of Fethullah Gulen Movement protest outside of Zaman newspaper as Turkish Police try to get inside for taking over the control, in Istanbul, Turkey 04 March 2016. The Turkish government will take control of Zaman, the largest opposition newspaper in the country, state-run Anadolu news agency reported 04 March 2016 citing a court order. Under the order, a state appointed trusteeship will run the paper, which has editions in several languages, including Turkish and English. 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. Zaman, which according to its own numbers averaged last year 850,000 print copies a day, is accused of being part of the network of Fethullah Gulen, an Islamic preacher based in the US.  EPA/SEDAT SUNA

Istanbul’s European side is seeing its freedom eroded away

It was meant to be a relatively quiet event. A few fans gathering to take part in a global listening party in support of the new album by Radiohead, A Moon Shaped Pool. Instead what happened last Friday – and what followed over the weekend – has drawn attention to the changing nature of Istanbul.

  • Alain

    The march towards full totalitarianism continues. Meanwhile in the West the very concept of freedom is fast disappearing and the majority of people remain asleep, or totally indifferent.

  • Hard Little Machine

    I’m guessing there will be a bloodless Anschluss of all of Grecian Thrace by Turkey in 2 years or less.