The closing of Olay TV raises questions about the situation of freedom of speech in Turkey. The policy of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) have made the country extremely dangerous for opposition journalists, especially over the past five years. Even the slightest criticism is considered as a “terrorist act” that leads to lawsuits against journalists. More than 200 journalists were arrested.
“Freedom and Press 2019” press release of The Freedom House provides the following information. As many as 150 media sources have been shut down in Turkey since the July 15, 2016 and hundreds of journalists have been groundlessly convicted of supporting terrorism. According to Amnesty International, more than 180 media sources were shut down.