“Less Free”

In Freedom House’s ratings of political rights and civil liberties, Turkey’s rating has declined from three to four on the key issue of civil liberties (one is the best possible score, seven is the worst) (Hat tip, Kamil Pasha).

Freedom House summarizes:

During his early years in power, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pushed through important reforms that enshrined civilian rule, enhanced fairness at the polls, and made halting steps toward greater minority rights. More recently, however, his government has jailed hundreds of journalists, academics, opposition party officials, and military officers in a series of prosecutions aimed at alleged conspiracies against the state and Kurdish organizations. Turkey currently leads the world in the number of journalists behind bars, and democracy advocates are expressing deep concern for the state of press freedom and the rule of law.


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