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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Authoritarianism, sexism and violence are on the rise

A recent study conducted by Turkey’s Hacettepe University found out that the top three most stressful professions in the country are the military, the police and journalism. Not surprising given the fact that since the coup attempt in July 2016, more than 160 media outlets have been shut down and over 100 journalists have been arrested. An even larger number of journalists have been blacklisted, sacked, exiled. The clampdown on the media has a profound negative impact on the entire society. And though Turkey is a particularly striking example, it is not the only place where freedom of expression is under threat.

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