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Turkey’s judicial order is in major crisis

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A report published by U.S.-based NGO Freedom House on Jan. 16 demoted Turkey from the ranks of “Partly Free” to “Not Free” countries in terms of the use of fundamental freedoms and democratic rights.

Turkey has thus been put on the list of “not democratic” and “unfree” countries like Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and many other African and Middle Eastern nations.

One can find the whole report and a brief overview of key developments in 2017 in Turkey on Freedom House’s website.

Of course, some may find such a demotion unfair. But there have certainly been many developments that back up Freedom House’s conclusions. The latest one occurred last week, when a lower court refused to implement a ruling taken by the Constitutional Court on arrested journalists Şahin Alpay and Mehmet Altan.

Some background is needed: As a result of substantial constitutional amendments in 2010, Turkey’s........

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