Erdogan: claims that hundreds journalists jailed in Turkey are lies

Erdogan: claims that hundreds journalists jailed in Turkey are lies

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan denied that the country has jailed 150 journalists, saying only two people with press cards were in prison.

"No-one is jailed because of journalism here, we have to acknowledge that. Opposition journalists write a lot of insulting articles about me. Even recently they did it during the march. Those insulting articles are still out there," BBC cited Erdogan as saying.

"Those people who are inside jail - they have no title as journalists. Some of them collaborated with terror organisations; some of them were jailed for possession of a firearm. Some of them were jailed for vandalising ATM machines and robbing them," he added.

"They have a journalist's badge but this is not the official press card, so with that badge they claim to be journalists. The number is not 170 as you have just said... These are lies. We have said this repeatedly," the President stressed.

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