Post-raid, Turkish daily becomes pro-government

Ankara: Turkey's largest-circulation newspaper has adopted a more pro-government line in its first edition since a court ordered it to be seized, a move which has heightened fears over deteriorating media freedom in the country.

Police stormed the headquarters of the Zaman opposition newspaper Fridayto enforce a court decision to place it and its sister outlets under the management of trustees. The newspaper’s top story yesterday described how President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended a ceremony marking a key phase in the construction of a bridge in Istanbul.

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