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Zekeriya Öz, the Istanbul deputy chief prosecutor, is responding reporters' questions during his visit to Vatan Police Department on Dec 19. AA photo

Zekeriya Öz, the Istanbul deputy chief prosecutor, is responding reporters' questions during his visit to Vatan Police Department on Dec 19. AA photo

Journalists will no longer be allowed to enter police departments, a statement released from the Turkish police has said. “Members of the press will not be allowed into the Police Departments all over Turkey as of Dec. 22, 2013,” a statement read.

“Journalists will be invited in the event of a press statement or such development. We ask press members who use the press rooms at the Vatan and Gayrettepe Police Departments [in Istanbul] to return their keys and entrance cards.” 

The move came amid a reshuffle in the police organization that saw more than 100 police chiefs being removed from their posts, which followed a far-reaching graft investigation. Two sons of ministers have been arrested as part of the probe. 

Turkey Journalists Federation (TGF) criticized the decision. 

“At a time when the country’s agenda was busy with very serious allegations such as ‘corruption’ and ‘thievery,’ the decree is highly meaningful,” a statement said. “Journalists work for the good of the public’s right to receive information. This decree does not only prevent the public’s right to get information, but it also means censoring. 

“The journalists have not faced such a decision even during the era of Sept. 12 [1980, military coup]. 

“We condemn the decision to ban journalists at a time when the public needs to see the facts the most and we call on the Interior Ministry and the Police Department to reconsider the decision, which will go as a black stain in Turkish press history,” the statement said.

December/22/2013

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hanni bal

12/24/2013 7:52:16 AM

Reports have found out that certain journalists have extra ordinary wide eyes and 7 inch mouth.standard procedure should be chinky eyes and half inch wide. LOL.Anyway, police stations have the right to do that unless they found security and order of the situation when they are ready for a statement.Really, they find it confusing and annoying.It will not just work.We could knock at the door not barge in a civilized manner.

Ken Alden

12/24/2013 12:02:55 AM

"Journalist" , i.e. Newspaper or TV reporters are banned from entering Police Stations, Hospitals or any "Shelters" worldwide, period! Let us not forget that Reporters and Journalist are people, just like you and me, who work for their living in their chosen carriers. They are not the avenging angels or keepers of our concience. The good reporters are the FACTUAL ONES, WHO REPORT THE NEWS, WITHOUT ANY TWIST OR PERSONAL OPINIONS OR EDITORIALISE IN ANY SHAPE OR FORM!

mistique holland

12/23/2013 5:46:01 PM

Reporters do NOT belong at a police station or with their camera's in people's faces on the street after a terrible accident, fire, murder etc...Journalist have NO respect at all for the victims...Nowhere in the world are journalists allowed in a police station, so the whole world is corrupt than???

Recep Ozel

12/23/2013 2:01:21 PM

At least they are being stopped from entering instead of being thrown in jail which is the usual!!

two sides to every coin

12/23/2013 10:52:06 AM

Turkish transparency at its best. AKP and a large number of its thieving lying members, are now being shown. The party is imploding and will do anything to hide the facts regarding this fiasco of a government.

JRC JRC

12/23/2013 10:21:25 AM

Will this include his lickspittle media supporters too?

John Smithicks

12/23/2013 9:49:38 AM

does this also mean that they can no longer be arrested? how would they process them? :-)

Michael Johnson

12/23/2013 8:02:03 AM

Erdogan and his ilk are definitely running scared now.

ege capulcu mustafa

12/23/2013 5:15:16 AM

“The journalists have not faced such a decision even during the era of Sept. 12 [1980, military coup].' This quote says everything for this move by the Sultan.

american american

12/23/2013 1:48:39 AM

hey t.v.! how can you have an efficient operating police station with tea breaks every 5 minutes by overpaid undereducated men who are afraid to break up fights on the streets, but have no problem beating women tied to chairs? and speaking of bad reputation...there is a group of people in the world that has a really bad one...muslims...but we shouldn't believe everything on the interweb
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