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Yerevan memorial: Turkey told Sweden's TV4 that it's "one-sided" to call slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians a "genocide" (Photo: young shanahan)

Turkey widens crackdown on EU free speech

Turkey has detained a Dutch journalist and complained about German and Swedish projects to commemorate Ottoman genocides.

The moves come on top of calls for legal action against two European comedians, prompting awkward questions for EU leaders.

Ebru Umar, a Dutch journalist of Turkish origin, was arrested while on holiday in Turkey on Saturday (23 April) over her column in Dutch daily Metro in which she compared Turkey’s efforts to silence free speech in Europe to “NSB practice...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

Yerevan memorial: Turkey told Sweden's TV4 that it's "one-sided" to call slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians a "genocide" (Photo: young shanahan)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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