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Turkey takes over biggest newspaper






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Turkish police used tear gas and rubber bullets against protestors outside a national newspaper. The demonstrators were protesting against the takeover of Turkey's best-selling newspaper, Zaman, by Turkey's government. Zaman once supported President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but then it became a big critic. Authorities say Zaman has links to a Muslim cleric, who the government says planned a coup to remove President Erdogan.

The takeover of Zaman has got Europe worried about Turkey joining the European Union. Germany's foreign affairs committee said, "the violent action against a critical newspaper" and "the fact that the government takes over the whole paper is a severe blow…against the freedom of press". Zaman's English newspaper said: "Our [final] headline is about us…and that should give an idea about the kind of democracy in the country. There's no rule of law left in Turkey."

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