Turkish police raid magazine due to alleged Erdogan insult

Police officers raided Turkish magazine Nokta after they published an illustration of President Recep Tayyip

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan talks to the media in Istanbul February 3, 2014. Dozens of their colleagues are in prison or on trial, thousands of faceless opponents hound them on Twitter, and phone calls from government officials warn them over their coverage - all hazards of the trade for Turkey's journalists. Government critics who refuse to be muzzled can find themselves sacked. Others avoid trouble, such as the broadcaster which screened a documentary on penguins last June while police sprayed thousands of demonstrators in Istanbul with tear gas. What has erupted in the past few weeks - a probe into alleged corruption at the heart of Erdogan's government - might seem like a gift to Turkey's cowed and long-suffering press.   REUTERS/Osman Orsal (TURKEY - Tags: MEDIA PROFILE HEADSHOT POLITICS)

Erdoğan taking a selfie next to a soldier’s coffin. The officers also seized remaining copies from the newsroom.

…Erdoğan’s government has cracked down on media since 2014, even though the president declared in December that his country has the world’s freest press. Authorities and mobs have raided numerous press offices in the past month. On September 4, police ransacked the offices of opposition paper Bugün after the publication ran a story that claimed Turkey sent weapons to the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in Syria. The paper included pictures that allegedly show the weapon exchange.

Only a few days later, angry supporters of the Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) and a member of parliament attacked the officers of Hürriyet with stones and shouted, “God is great,” after the publication tweeted Erdoğan’s remarks about the PKK. They deleted the tweet but face a probe for allegedly insulting the president. Editor-in-chief Sedat Ergin condemned the attacks.