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Government Takeovers Biggest Newspaper, Zaman

Turkey-flagTurkey’s biggest newspaper, Zaman, has condemned its takeover by the authorities in a defiant last edition published just before police raided it.

Yesterday’s edition said Turkey’s press had experienced “one of the darkest days in its history”.

Turkish police raided Zaman’s offices hours after a court ruling placed it under state control, but managers were still able to get the edition to print.

Zaman readers have protested against the takeover outside the offices.

Police dispersed the demonstration, numbering about 500 people, with tear gas and water cannon. The newspaper’s supporters chanted “Free press cannot be silenced”.



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