United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Saturday that the recent actions by Turkey to arrest and detain journalists in the country, as well as planned Internet restrictions, are “an area of concern” for her.
Clinton is on a two-day visit to Turkey and made some of her comments during a news conference on the Turkish CNN channel during an event where she answered questions from Turkish citizens. Answering a question regarding the issue, she said that “I do not think it’s necessary or in Turkey’s interests to be cracking down on journalists and bloggers and the Internet […] it seems to me inconsistent with all the other advances that Turkey has made.”
In a press conference jointly held with Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey’s foreign minister, Clinton suggested that Turkey could serve as an example for Arab countries currently undergoing governmental changes.
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