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Alarm over media freedom in Turkey after TV raids

A Turkish riot policeman stands guard outside the headquarters of Bugun newspaper and Kanalturk television station in Istanbul during a protest against the government's media crackdown on October 28, 2015Turkey is under fire from alarmed Western allies and global rights groups over the state of media freedom just days before an election that could again leave the country in political limbo. Riot police stormed two television stations linked to a bitter rival of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and forced them off air on Wednesday, triggering brawls with staff and demonstrators in Istanbul. Critics accuse the authorities of seeking to silence dissent ahead of Sunday’s vote, which opinion polls say is unlikely to deliver Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) the clear victory it so desperately desires.

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