Fears over self-censorship as pressure mounts on Turkish media
ANKARA (AFP) - Prominent Turkish journalist Can Dundar says he misses the media censorship that followed a bloody 1980 military coup - at least then, journalists knew where they stood.
The 52-year-old, who was ousted this summer from the liberal paper where he had worked since 2001, believes that a new, more insidious form of censorship is silencing dissent at a crucial time for Turkey.
"As a journalist who witnessed the September 12 period, I can say I miss the censorship of that era. When a story was banned, a military official would tell you in the morning and the story would not be published," said Mr Dundar, referring to the aftermath of the 1980 coup.
Now, he said, media organisations including his former paper, Milliyet, are so fearful of repercussions that they self-censor.