Turkey’s government and president should reverse the decision to extend the state of emergency after winning the presidential referendum, and end the wave of political repression unleashed in the months before the vote, Human Rights Watch said yesterday.
The closure of eight independent news and current affairs-focused TV channels effectively ends critical television news reporting in Turkey, says Human Rights Watch. The channels are among 23 television and radio stations reported by the media to face closure on the basis of a Turkish government decree.
As the sweeping crackdown in Turkey following a failed coup continues, Amnesty International has warned that purges are being extended to censor media houses and journalists, including those critical of government policy.
Christian Aid has warned that unless the European Union takes greater action in response to the scale of the refugee crisis, more people will risk their lives in order to leave Greece, where some 40,000 people are currently stranded.
Tens of thousands of people displaced by joint Russian and Syrian government attacks in the north of Syria must be allowed to cross the border to safety in Turkey, Amnesty International said amid reports that thousands of people are waiting at border gates that remain closed.