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Turkey’s prime minister has shrugged off European Union criticism over media freedom in the country, following the detentions of at least 13 senior staff members of a national newspaper. In a televised speech to his party’s legislators, Binali Yildirim said on Tuesday that Turkey will not be taught lessons by Europe, and the government will “protect press freedom until the end”. Monday’s detentions of the chief editor, columnists and a cartoonist at one of Turkey’s oldest newspapers, Cumhuriyet, sparked an international outcry, including from the EU and the United States.

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