The Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation on March 5, commented on the situation with freedom of press in Turkey in General and the recent seizure of the newspaper Zaman in Istanbul in particular.
The official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said that in Turkey there is a critical situation that requires special attention.
«Recently, the country’s leadership in his authoritarian manner said that neither recognizes nor respects the verdict of the constitutional court about the release of the publishers of the newspaper «Cumhuriyet». As you know, they are charged for exposing the history of the Turkish intelligence supplying arms to Syrian rebels. Likely, resentment of Erdogan’s strengthened and new materials mentioned in the newspaper about the Turkish military contacts with the ISIS. We believe that these signals should be thoroughly investigated by the international community and in Turkey, there is not only suppression of press freedom to cover assistance to terrorists, but also the disregard for the judiciary. Another example from March 4 — the persecution of the holding «FEZ» and the newspaper Zaman, which allowed only of judgments, distinct from the strictly official,» — said in comments.
Russian foreign Ministry calls upon to consider the prosecution of the Turkish opposition media in the Council of Europe and the OSCE and to enforce the principles of freedom of speech, not fearing the wrath of Ankara.