Spokesperson John Kirby’s statements from the daily press briefing

Spokesperson John Kirby
U.S. Department of State
October 31, 2016 – Daily Press Briefing

The United States is deeply concerned by what appears to be an increase in official pressure on opposition media outlets in Turkey, including through the detention earlier today of Murat Sabuncu, the editor-in-chief of Turkey’s most – one of Turkey’s most respected newspapers, Cumhuriyet; by the shuttering of more news outlets over the weekend; and the continued detention of a number of journalists and columnists.  The United States supports the Government of Turkey’s efforts to bring to justice those responsible for the 15 July coup attempt, of course.  We stand by our friend and NATO ally Turkey in the fight against terror in all its forms, including against the PKK.  However, as Turkey’s ally and friend, we encourage the Government of Turkey to ensure that the rule of law and fundamental freedoms are protected.  Democracies become stronger by allowing diverse expressions of views, particularly in difficult times.  Suppressing speech and opinion and the press does not support the fight against terrorism and only encroaches on the fundamental freedoms that help ensure democracies remain strong.