President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan issued a message on Monday to celebrate Jan. 10, Working Journalists Day, as Turkey has been declared the worst jailer of journalists in the world for the second year in a row amid ever-increasing pressure on media in the country.

Erdoğan underlined the importance of a free media for a developed country in his message.   He also urged the media to remain true to accurate and objective news reporting. At least 144 journalists are currently behind bars in Turkey.

A total of 178 media outlets have been shut down since a failed coup attempt on July 15. Thousands of journalists are unemployed, and many are persecuted due to their reporting and social media messages. (Turkish Minute)