Turkish media linked to exiled cleric say they shut out by government

November 17, 2014 2:23 PM

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Turkish media linked to exiled cleric say they shut out by government

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish media close to a U.S.-based Islamic preacher accused by President Tayyip Erdogan of seeking to usurp power say they have been shut out of government press events in a move they see as evidence of Turkey's deteriorating press freedoms.

Correspondents from the Zaman and Bugun newspapers, the Samanyolu TV station and Cihan news agency say they have been banned from the presidential palace since Erdogan's inauguration in August and no longer receive official press releases.

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