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Turkey’s top-selling opposition newspaper, Zaman, which has been “forcibly taken over” by the Turkish government, will continue publishing as an independent daily in Germany, editor-in-chief of Zaman Almanya (Zaman Germany) has vowed.
Speaking to Reuters TV, Zaman Almanya’s editor-in-chief, Sueleyman Bag, said the current print version of Zaman in Turkey “has nothing to do with Zaman there because it has been forcibly taken over by the state.”
“We will print an independent newspaper. We still have not addressed the question of how we do that. This is a new challenge for us,” Bag said. Zaman Almanya’s print edition in Germany, which is home to a large Turkish community, has 14,300 subscribers.
On Monday, the paper contrasted its coverage with that of Zaman’s Turkish edition, currently under government-imposed management, by revealing a black front page bearing the headline: “The constitution is suspended.” The lead story in the online edition described how protests against Zaman’s takeover were violently dispersed in Istanbul. It featured a photo of a female protester with a bloodied face. Zaman Almanya also posted stories condemning President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s crackdown on freedom of speech and criticizing European countries for their “silence” in the face of human rights violations in Turkey.