With Turkey recently in the spotlight because
of its press
freedom record--including dishonorable distinction as the world's
worst jailer of journalists--many international observers wonder how Ankara
will overcome its image crisis and whether it will choose to resolutely base
its broad strategic ambitions on the respect of global standards of press
freedom. A new report to be officially launched in Brussels tomorrow by Marc
Pierini, a former EU ambassador to Ankara and senior Turkey scholar at Carnegie
Europe and the Open Society Foundation, "Press
freedom in Turkey," underscores the importance of the issue. As Pierini
recently told CPJ, "What kind of state and of society does Turkey want to be?
To what league of nations does it want to belong?"