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Ugly democracy gets uglier

9 months after my exhibition Ugly at DEPO Istanbul, things gets nastier in Turkey. Securing his one-man status after a close referendum, President Erdogan started to threaten even the biggest opposition party in the country.

Amid an ongoing crackdown that accelerated after a failed coup attempt in July, Turkey is jailing at least 81 journalists in relation to their work, the highest number in any one country at any time, according to CPJ’s records. Turkish authorities have accused each of those 81 journalists--and dozens more whose imprisonment were unable to be linked directly to journalistic work--of anti-state activity.

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