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    • David Israel
    • 24.09.09 | 22:01 (IDT)

    I agree with your post #49. However I have an issue with you stating Turkey as a democratic state. In fact it was a democratic state between 1985 to 2002. Then came the current government that cannot take any criticism and is using all the institutions to ban free speech and silence the strongest media group (The Dogan media group) by imposing unprecedented amount of fines for a transaction that was perfectly legal. There can be no democracy without free press. Israelis must be proud to have papers like Haaretz, journalists like Amira Hass (whether you agree with them or not) freely expressing their opposition. In Turkey this is quickly vanishing while wire tapping has become a way of life. What is in Turkey today cannot be called democracy.

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