It took only 2 days for the Turkish President to completely change the face of the popular newspaper that his government took over. Yesterday evening, Zaman newspaper claimed that Turkey’s press had experienced “one of the darkest days in its history,” but today, the newspaper presented an article praising the Turkish President and highlighting his accomplishments.

Footage from the clashes, this weekend

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2 days after the Turkish Police raided the Zaman newspaper offices, a media outlet that is connected to the Turkish opposition, the gist of today’s (Sunday) edition is singing a different tune compared to previous editions. The front page of today’s edition features an article about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who is supervising the construction of a new bridge in Istanbul. This is a completely different story than yesterday’s front page, which featured stories about the violent clashes between Zaman supporters and the Turkish Police, while calling the reason behind them “one of the darkest days in its history.”

“The Turkish government’s takeover of the Zaman newspaper isn’t surprising,” said a Dutch reporter in Turkey. “The press in Turkey was never really free. Everyone who opposes the government is marked, the government claims that we are terrorists or terror supporters because we criticize or in this case, because the reporters are part of Gulen’s network,” said the reporter, referring to Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish leader who currently lives in exile in the US.

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Many political cartoons that mock or criticize the Turkish government’s actions were uploaded to social media sites today. In 1 of them, Erdoğan is chopping off the point of a pencil, in another, he is decapitating people. Some of the cartoons are criticizing the international community and especially the EU for condemning Erdoğan’s actions but not really taking actions to promote the freedom of speech in Turkey.

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