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

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

 
 

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