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