Iran MP criticizes Turkey’s ‘crackdown’ on journalists

Spokesperson for Iran’s Parliamentary Judicial and Legal Committee, Mohammad Ali Esfanani, has claimed there is a lack of press freedom in Turkey, according to Iranian news portal Khabar online.

Criticizing a country’s ruling system is not a valid reason to be charged as being a terrorist, Esfanani stated.

Esfanani drew attention to the number of legal cases regarding freedom of speech violations in Turkey, stressing that the Turkish government should respect freedom of speech as a crucial part of democracy.

The lawmaker encouraged the Turkish government to take further steps in supporting democracy and respecting the rights of journalists.

By Hurriyet Daily News


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