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Amnesty International: 120 journalists behind bars in Turkey

TURKEY (OBSERVATORY) – Amnesty International launched a campaign on social media to demand that the Turkish authorities release dozens of journalists and journalists arrested following the failed coup attempt on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in July 2016.

FreeTurkeyMedia, a group of prominent international journalists such as Jeremy Paxman and John Snow, took part in the campaign to express their solidarity with 120 journalists detained in Turkish jails, according to Amnesty International.

Rights groups accuse the Turkish government of silencing the independent media in an attempt to prevent any investigation or criticism of the campaign of arrests and arrests it launched after the failed coup attempt.

The Turkish government insists it is not attacking the press or journalists, and reiterates that there is no problem with press freedom in Turkey.