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US congratulates Turkey on elections, expresses concern about treatment of media.

WASHINGTON, Nov 2 (KUNA) -- White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Monday congratulated Turkey for its elections and said the United States looks forward to working with the new government. But US officials are "deeply concerned that media outlets and individual journalists critical of the government were subject to pressure and intimidation during the campaign, seemingly in a manner calculated to weaken political opposition," Earnest said during a briefing with reporters aboard Air Force One en route to New Jersey, where President Barack Obama was to give a speech on US criminal justice reform. Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party regained a decisive majority in the snap election held on Sunday, giving a major victory to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "We have raised our concerns both publicly and privately about freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom of assembly in Turkey," Earnest said. (end)

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Date:Nov 2, 2015
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