German TAZ daily displays names of all jailed Turkish journalists on front page

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In solidarity with jailed Turkish journalists, the German Die Tageszeitung daily, commonly referred to as TAZ, displayed the names of all journalists in Turkish prisons on its front page on Wednesday.

The German newspaper has also shown solidarity with the Cumhuriyet daily, the latest target of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), by running a three-page story on the AKP government crackdown on critical media organizations in Turkey.

The front page of TAZ on Nov. 1 bore the headline in German ‘rettet die republik’, which means “Rescue the Republic,” with a photo below showing TAZ staff holding letters in Turkish that read “Cumhuriyet’i kurtarın” (rescue the republic).

According to a recent report from the Contemporary Journalists Association (ÇGD), 118 media outlets in Turkey were closed down, 184 journalists were detained, 56 journalists arrested, 866 journalists fired from their jobs and 620 journalists had their press cards canceled during the July-September period.

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