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President dismisses EU criticism of police raidsTurkey

Published:Tuesday | December 16, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Women hold copies of the Zaman newspaper with a headline that reads 'the black day of democracy' as they protest against Sunday's detention of its editor-in-chief in Istanbul, outside the Palace of Justice in Ankara, Turkey, yesterday.

ANKARA (AP):Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has rejected the European Union's (EU) criticism of police raids on media organisations in Turkey, telling the bloc to "keep your opinions to yourselves".

The EU has criticised Sunday's police raids, which targeted a newspaper and a television station affiliated with the United States-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen. Police officers, journalists, television producers, and scriptwriters were among 27 people detained on charges of "using intimidation and threats" to try to wrest control of state power.

The EU said the raids were incompatible with media freedoms and suggested they could affect Turkey's longstanding bid to join the bloc.

In a speech in northwest Turkey yesterday, Erdogan called the arrests a domestic security issue and said he did not care if the raids affected Turkey's EU membership bid.