Turkey PM calls press freedom report 'a comedy'

Turkey's PM disputes figures of journalists imprisoned in Turkey

Turkey PM calls press freedom report 'a comedy'

World Bulletin/News Desk

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan challenged a report critical of press freedom in Turkey on Tuesday, claiming it used incorrect figures about the number of imprisoned journalists.

Erdogan claimed the report said more than 40 journalists had been imprisoned, but that there are actually 18 journalists behind bars in Turkey.  

Speaking at the governing Justice and Development (AK) Party's parliamentary group meeting Tuesday, Erdogan said: "The report by U.S.-based advocacy organization Freedom House, claiming Turkey suffered a 'significant decline' in press freedom is nothing but a comedy which is not an objective report."

"There are only 18 imprisoned journalists while five of them hold press cards and all of them are convicted of different criminal offenses not because they are journalists," he said.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Mayıs 2014, 14:00