Erdogan: Turkey does not need the EU

Recep Tayyip Erdogan is prepared to turn his back on the EU and “initiate plan B”

"I want you to know that those you know as being members of the press are mostly people who aided and abetted terror". Erdogan, however, disputed the figure saying: "No one is jailed because of journalism here". "We have to acknowledge that".

A 250-mile "justice march" organized by opposition party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu morphed into an unexpected rallying point for Mr. Erdogan's opponents. "Those insulting articles are still out there".

According to the BBC report, some 160 media outlets had been closed down in Turkey and 2,500 journalists or media workers were sacked from their jobs. "There are only two actual journalists in jail now".

"What we need at the anniversary of the coup attempt is not sympathy for coup-plotters and members of terrorist organisations as well as biased and groundless criticism but more cooperation, dialogue and understanding". Turkey has been cited by the Committee to Protect Journalists as the country that has jailed the most journalists in the world - nearly two-thirds of the global total. "It may also have changed the wider political culture in Turkey".

The emergency measure had been brought in after the coup attempt and was about to expire on Wednesday.




Speaking on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Hamburg last week, Erdogan insisted the arrests had been made on legitimate grounds.

Ahead of the one-year anniversary of the attempted coup, Turkey has dismissed thousands more from their roles.

If prosecutors decide to launch an investigation, Erdogan could risk an arrest warrant in Sweden, the lawmakers said.

U.S. -Turkey relations have been tested by America's refusal to extradite a cleric whom Erdogan says was behind a coup looking to oust him a year ago and the U.S. -backed arming of Kurdish forces fighting ISIS.

The Turkish military, which has long seen itself as the ultimate guardian of the secular revolution launched by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the modern Turkish state, had staged a series of coups against democratically elected governments from 1960 to 1997.

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