Deepfakes, censorship and media pressure ahead of Turkey’s local elections

Deepfakes, censorship and media pressure ahead of Turkey’s local elections

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is not on the ballot, but he looms large over Sunday’s local elections in Turkey. If Erdogan’s ruling party wins, many expect him to change the constitution to allow him to rule beyond his current term limit. Meanwhile, the fractured opposition is trying to retain Istanbul and the capital Ankara. Reporters without Borders says about 90 percent of Turkey’s media is in the hands of the government or its supporters, promoting the ruling party and its allies’ campaigns while denying the opposition the same opportunity.

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