In a written statement issued on Monday, the International and European Federations of Journalists (IFJ/EFJ) condemned the new wave of media repression by Turkish authorities following the detention of Murat Sabuncu, editor-in-chief of the newspaper Cumhuriyet and of other journalists.

Amid widespread concerns over deteriorating freedom of the press in Turkey, Turkey on Monday detained 13 journalists from the secularist and critical Cumhuriyet daily including the paper’s Editor-in-Chief Murat Sabuncu and its editorial consultant Kadri Gürsel following police raids on the journalists’ residences.

“Turkey is now the world’s biggest jail for journalists,” the statement also read.

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