: DW: Obama tells Erdogan US stands by Turkey amid media freedom concerns

14:36 Apr. 1, 2016

DW: Obama tells Erdogan US stands by Turkey amid media freedom concerns

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) meets with US President Barack Obama (R) at the OECD Headquarters in Paris, France, on December 01, 2015. (Getty Images)

Threat of media freedom in Turkey alarms global community

US President Obama has reaffirmed the US's commitment to Turkey's security, after a bomb attack in the frontline country. Meeting Turkish counterpart Erdogan in Washington Obama also touched on media freedom issues.

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Barack Obama and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, debunking claims the former had snubbed the latter on a visit to the US capital, discussed "US-Turkey cooperation on regional security, counterterrorism, and migration" on the sidelines of a nuclear summit, according to a White House statement.

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The White House has also been outspoken in recent months about threats to freedom of speech and democracy in Turkey. It reiterated its belief in the need for press freedom in Turkey on Thursday following ugly scenes at an Erdogan speech in the US capital as Turkish guards reportedly manhandled US reporters.

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