Hearings began today involving 17 journalists and executives from the last newspaper that is critical of the Erdogan government. The defendants are charged with helping terrorists; critics say they're a target of Turkey's crackdown on press freedom.
Turkey imposed a state of emergency following a failed coup in 2016. Two years later, the measure has finally been lifted, but critics say President Recep Tayyip Erdogan still has the power to silence his opponents.
US Congress and President Trump are outraged over pastor Andrew Brunson's detention in Turkey. US President Donald Trump urged Recep Tayyip Erdogan to "do something" for the clergyman's release on Twitter.
After prolonging the state of emergency seven times, Ankara finally ended the measure introduced after the 2016 coup attempt. However, the state now aims to keep many emergency powers in place with a new anti-terror law.
In a tit-for-tat move, the Turkish president said he would freeze the assets of the "American justice and interior ministers." US-Turkish relations have deteriorated over the fate of an imprisoned American preacher.
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