Turkish PM’s Treason Claims Against BBC Reporter Chills Other Journalists

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By: Constanze Letsch | The Guardian

Selin Gerit, a London-based presenter for BBC’s Turkish service, was until last week relatively unknown in her home country. However, that changed when Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told parliament she was guilty of treason over her coverage of the anti-government protests sweeping the nation.  

The prime minister’s condemnation has triggered concerns among fellow journalists, who believe Erdogan – who accuses the media of fanning the demonstrations – is attempting to stifle dissent.

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