Turkish officials say they killed 32 Kurds they identified as militants in the southeast, marking one of the bloodiest weekends in months. The news comes as a Turkish human rights group says up to 162 civilians have been killed since August amid a government crackdown on Kurdish areas. Meanwhile, Turkish journalists marked Working Journalists’ Day Sunday by rallying to demand the release of jailed reporters and editors. Turkish journalist Ismet Demirdogen was among those who gathered in Ankara.
Ismet Demirdogen: “People’s right to learn the truth and make up their mind on current events is prevented. Unfortunately, Turkey goes through these dark days from time to time. I want to believe that we will rise above this ordeal again, as we did in the past, but more than 30 journalists are in jail after complaints, only because they wrote the truth. Therefore, I am very saddened today as we mark Working Journalists’ Day.”