Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has taken aim at representatives of international press organizations after previous attacks on domestic journalists.
On 20 April, Sputnik Turkey General Manager Tural Kerimov was denied entry to Turkey, one day after Volker Schwenk, the Cairo correspondent for Germany’s ARD, was similarly barred from entering at Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport.
“Someone took my passport at the border control and went to an inspection room in the international arrivals hall. No one said anything to me as I waited for an hour,” Kerimov said, noting that a document was subsequently presented to him, explaining that he was being barred from entering the country.
Authorities also confiscated his press card and residence permit.
Kerimov said the document contained no explanation as to why he had been barred from the country, while adding that authorities at Atatürk Airport had demanded that he return to Russia with the next flight.