Jake Hess…US activist/freelance journalist arrested in Turkey…
ISTANBUL- This past week I’ve written a series of articles on Jake Hess, 25, an activist/freelance journalist from New Hampshire, USA who was arrested by Turkish authorities in the country’s volatile southeast.
The last of the three articles deals with press freedom in Turkey which is continuously infringed upon either with the banning of Youtube or frequent arrests of Turkish (and the occasional foreign) journalist.
Turkey fell to 122nd place in Reporters Without Borders’ annual ranking of press freedom last year — its lowest showing since the ranking began in 2002 — after comparative gains in mid-decade. “The reputation has been improving, but the fear is that this is back to the bad old days,” said Andrew Finkel, a British journalist and columnist at Today’s Zaman, an English-language newspaper based in Istanbul. “It is a reminder that Turkey is a country where you can’t access YouTube. The government does try to control the press; there is no doubt about it.”