Turkey: Old Habits

Before his fall in 1960, Premier Adnan Menderes made a practice of padlocking hostile Turkish newspapers, imprisoned journalists by the hundreds; police once threw a newsboy into jail for hawking a headline about a minister's resignation. At the time, the loudest protests came from wispy old Opposition Leader Ismet Inonu, who denounced "those who would seek to establish a coercive regime." But now that he is in power himself, Premier Inonu, 78, shows signs of falling into Menderes' old habits.

Hauling out a Menderes-era law outlawing any written or spoken word aimed at disturbing "the established" order, the Inonu regime...

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