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Jagland addresses media freedom in Turkey and meets Erdogan

Ankara , 

By invitation of the Turkish Ministry of Justice the Secretary General participated in a conference entitled "Case Law of the European Court of Human Rights concerning Turkey: Difficulties and Suggestions for Solutions". The conference addressed a range of issues including the high number of cases pending against Turkey at the European Court of Human Rights concerning freedom of expression. Jagland told journalists: "Media freedom is evidently a problem. The situation gives rise to concern. But I have witnessed today the strong political will in Turkey to address the issue by changing legislation and practice. I welcome the government's constructive approach". The Secretary General met Prime Minister Erdogan for bilateral consultations after the conference.

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