In DG #24, we published a long-form feature about life in Turkey three months after a coup attempt by the military was thwarted. Civilian resistance forced the military to back down on the night of 15th July, and Recep Tayyip Erdogan remained in power. But in the months that have followed, the sitting government has used the coup to tighten control over the country. A state of emergency – which allows Erdogan to rule by decree – has been in place since July and was extended by 90 days on 3rd January, tens of thousands of civil servants including teachers, academics, members of the judiciary and the security forces have been dismissed or suspended and there are now more journalists in prison in Turkey than in any other country.
Constanze Letsch, who wrote the piece, has been reporting from Turkey for nearly a decade. We asked her how the crackdown has affected her ability to be a journalist in the country. Here’s what she told us.