Turkey needs to do more to protect freedom of expression if it wants to join the EU, according to a report on the bloc’s enlargement that is due out tomorrow.
A draft copy uses as an example a 2.2 billion euro tax fine imposed on private media group Dogan Yayin, which has been known to criticise the government. The fine could put it out of business. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan denies singling out Dogan, which controls half of Turkey’s private media. His government has in the past accused it of acting like an opposition party. Other criticism in the EU report concerns a lack of progress on normalising ties with Cyprus, as well as on tackling domestic violence, honour killings and forced marriages.