Libération, July 24, 2017

Leading French daily Libération showed its support for embattled Turkish opposition daily Cumhuriyet, as a trial gets underway for 17 journalists and staff members on charges of aiding a terrorist organization.

The front page for this special Libération with Cumhuriyet edition features a cartoon — a meaningful choice of expression in light of the 2015 attack on satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in Paris — depicting a newspaper acting as shackles, alongside the headline: "The press according to Erdogan."

The trial is the latest in the government crackdown on press freedom in the country. An estimated 150 news outlets have been shut down in the wake of the failed coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, on July 15, 2016.

The 17 Cumhuriyet journalists and staffers are accused of aiding the separatist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) as well as the Gülen movement, which Erdogan widely blames for the coup attempt.


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