Friday sees another court hearing for 17 Turkish journalists charged with supporting terrorism. The employees of the opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet are among 100 writers and reporters jailed in a widespread crackdown on press freedom in Turkey.
The detention of Taner Kilic is "emblematic of what is happening in Turkey today," said the head of Amnesty International. Thousands of people have been detained as part of an effort "to silence critical voices."
International rights groups criticized the case as emblematic of deteriorating press freedom in Turkey. Cumhuriyet is one of the newspapers critical of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Turkey's upcoming presidential election can also been seen as a preliminary vote on the future of its accession to the EU. While German-Turkish ties remain tense, it wasn't long ago that things seemed to be promising.
The rise of populist politics in Europe has weakened press freedom in a region where it was once most secure, according to Reporters Without Borders. China, Russia and Donald Trump also pose threats to journalists.
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