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Penalty for media firm criticized

February 21, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Turkey's main opposition party and leading journalists association accused the prime minister of trying to muzzle the press, after the government hit the country's biggest media company with a fine of about $500 million for an allegedly late tax payment.

Opposition lawmaker Atilla Kart said the fine faced by media mogul Aydin Dogan was an attempt to silence critics before local elections in March.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government has said the issue is about tax code violations, not press freedom.

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