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A critical voice becoming increasingly muted

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech at the Turkish Military Academy in Ankara, Turkey January 24, 2019. Cem Oksuz/Turkish Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.

With reference to the [editor’s note, Reuters] article ‘Turkish court confirms jail for newspaper staff’ published on page 9 of your February 20 edition, I would take issue with the claim concerning Turkey’s Cumhuriyet newspaper that it is “one of the few remaining voices critical of the government” in that this was true until recently, especially as this daily had reasonable circulation figures and enjoyed considerable prestige as the country’s oldest newspaper, but last September a civil law dispute over the most recent election to the board of the foundation that owns the paper was used as a pretext to install a new regime-friendly management and since then its critical voice has become increasingly muted. It is telling that all the defendants in the Cumhuriyet criminal trial no longer work for the paper, having either been dismissed or resigned.

Tim Drayton, Limassol

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