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English PEN 'gravely alarmed' by heavy-handed gov't tactics against journalists.

ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Numerous press freedom advocacy groups and international media outlets have condemned the government-led raids on Koza ypek Holding as a part of a crackdown on critical media, with literary network English PEN saying it "is gravely alarmed about the government's heavy-handed tactics against journalists in Turkey."

In a statement to Today's Zaman on Tuesday, Jo Glanville, the director of English PEN, said, "The international writers' organization PEN is gravely alarmed about the government's heavy-handed tactics against journalists in Turkey, including foreign correspondents."

"At a time of high tension in the country and the region, it is vital that journalists are allowed to operate freely and gather information without intimidation or hindrance," Glanville said.

On Tuesday morning auditors accompanied by the police raided the corporate headquarters of Koza ypek Holding as well as subsidiary companies in what the opposition and advocacy groups say is part of an intimidation campaign to muzzle free and independent media.

The BugE-n and Millet dailies, TV stations BugE-n TV and KanaltE-rk and the website are all subsidiaries of the ypek Media Group. (Cihan/Today's Zaman) CyHAN

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Date:Sep 1, 2015
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