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Claim: Press freedom deteriorating in Turkey

On 11 January 2016, the website of Iranian state-run television network English language broadcaster Press TV published a news article about press freedom in Turkey.

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Claim: Academics sign petition urging ceasefire in southeast Turkey

The Economist published an article on 12 January where it is claimed that Turkish academics signed a petition urging a ceasefire in southeastern Turkey.

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Claim: Erdogan considers PKK and whole Kurdish community same

Karen Krüger from FAZ (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) wrote an article on 5 January 2016 about the ongoing clashes between the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) and Turkish security forces in southeastern Turkey.

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Claim: Erdogan crosses yet another line

The New York Times published an editorial on 6 January 2016 titled “Mr. Erdogan Crosses Yet Another Line” in which it was claimed that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan started a war against Kurds.

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Claim: Presidential system gives Erdogan far-reaching powers

On 1 January 2016, Time magazine published a news story about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s talk on presidential systems.

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Claim: Turkey violated international law by downing Russian plane

In her article published on 25 November 2015, Al Arabiya’s Maria Dubovikova claimed that Turkey violated international law by shooting down a Russian SU-24 aircraft on its border with Syria the day earlier.

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Claim: Fighting against PKK is state terrorism

Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek wrote an article for the New Statesman on 31 December 2015 as a response to Mr Ibrahim Kalin, the Turkish Presidency spokesperson, and claimed that “Turkey goes after the PKK terrorists in a brutal way”

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Claim: Turkish intelligence chief praises DAESH

On 9 Dec. 2015, an article titled Slavoj Žižek: We need to talk about Turkey was published in the New Statesman.

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