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Turkish government closes 29 publishing houses

The Turkish Publishers Association (TPA) has reported that 29 Turkish publishing houses have been closed as part of a state crackdown following the attempted military coup staged against president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government on 15 July. In a translated statement released on the International Publishers Association’s (IPA) website, the TPA reported that ‘all goods, assets, rights, documents and papers’ belonging to the publishers will be transferred to the state treasury as part of the Turkish government’s ‘decree on necessary measures under the state of emergency and regulations regarding some institutions’, published 27 July. According to the TPA, publishers will have no right to appeal and the treasury will ‘not be liable for any moneys owed by these publishing houses’. The state decree has also resulted in the closure of several news agencies, television and radio stations, newspapers and magazines. The TPA stated its opposition to the attempted coup and ‘condemns this assault on parliamentary democracy, the government and the people’, but said the closure ‘carries the risk of human rights violations, the stifling of freedom of thought and expression and also irreparable financial and moral losses’. The TPA also raised concerns that authors and translators will be unable to collect their royalties, and that employees ‘will be denied their rights, their jobs, and any outstanding wages’. The IPA stated it ‘fully supports’ the TPA, urging the Turkish government to rescind the closures.

 

Category: International news