World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish prime minister dismissed accusations that journalists are behind bars in Turkey because of their dissident views of the Turkish government.
"The number of incarcerated journalists in Turkey do not exceed a handful. And the reason they are behind bars are not things they wrote," Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters in response to a question during a joint press appearance with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Turkish capital, Ankara.
Erdogan said imprisoned journalists were either involved with plots to overthrow the elected government or they had connections with organizations, adding that judiciary was independent in Turkey and it did not work on the orders of the executive branch.
"Just recently six journalists have been arrested in Britain and 50 others are still in jail. Have you ever wondered the reason why they are imprisoned. And particulary I recommend you to find out whether they have connections with IRA," Erdogan said.
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