Press Council slams critical media’s G-20 exclusion

The Press Council has condemned the exclusion of a number of journalists from the G-20 summit to be held in Antalya on Sunday, saying that the extent of government censorship in Turkey has reached such a point that and”it is being done in front of the whole world.and”
The statement published on Tuesday read: and”It is unacceptable that journalists from the SandOzcandu and Zaman dailies and other journalists who want to report on the G-20 summit which is to be held in Antalya have been denied accreditation. This is government censorship being implemented in front of the whole world.and”
Stating that it is ironic that Turkish journalists will not be allowed to report on a meeting which focuses on the development of its member countries, the statement continues, and”The G-20 summit is open to the world.and”
and”It is the duty of all [related] journalists to report on this important meeting,and” it says.
Many media organizations, including Todayand’s Zaman, have not yet been granted accreditation by the Turkish government to cover the G-20 summit in Antalya, as part of the intolerance of any critical comment against the government.
Turkish news portal Haberdar reported on Sunday that White House sources have said that Obamaand’s bilateral meetings with Turkish officials, including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during the G-20 summit have not yet been confirmed, despite the fact that there is only one week left until the summit.


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