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Turkish police have used tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon against protestors outside offices of national newspaper in Istanbul. demonstrators were protesting against takeover of private newspaper by Turkish government. Turkish authorities seized control of company that owns Turkey's best-selling newspaper Zaman. paper was once supporter of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but then became one of his fiercest critics. Authorities say Zaman has links to US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who government says plotted coup to oust President Erdogan. Commentators say it is another blow for freedom in Turkey.

takeover of Zaman by Turkish government has sparked concerns in Europe about Turkey's readiness to join European Union. European Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn said latest developments jeopardised recent progress made by Turkey. The chairman of Germany's foreign affairs committee said, " violent action against critical newspaper" and " fact that the government takes over the whole paper is severe blow…against freedom of press". The editor-in-chief of Zaman's English newspaper lamented: "Our [final] headline is about us again, and that should give idea about the kind of democracy in country. There's no rule of law left in Turkey."

 
 

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