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EU calls Turkey's crackdown on media "worrying"

  • A man holds a Turkish flag during an anti coup rally at Taksim square in Istanbul, Tuesday, July 26, 2016.  Turkey's polarized factions should learn from their mistakes and overcome their antagonism, the main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu said during an interview with The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    A man holds a Turkish flag during an anti coup rally at Taksim square in Istanbul, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Turkey's polarized factions should learn from their mistakes and overcome their antagonism, the main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu said during an interview with The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)  (The Associated Press)

  • A woman walks past the headquarters of 'Zaman' newspaper, after being closed by the government in Istanbul, Thursday, July 28, 2016. The European Union has called the crackdown on media in Turkey "worrying" and warned Ankara to respect fundamental freedoms. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    A woman walks past the headquarters of 'Zaman' newspaper, after being closed by the government in Istanbul, Thursday, July 28, 2016. The European Union has called the crackdown on media in Turkey "worrying" and warned Ankara to respect fundamental freedoms. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)  (The Associated Press)

The European Union has called the crackdown on media in Turkey "worrying" and warned Ankara to respect fundamental freedoms.

As a candidate nation for EU membership, Turkey "needs to aspire to the highest possible democratic standard and practices, including on the freedom of the media," said EU spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic.

Turkish authorities have ordered dozens of media organizations closed down in the wake of the July 15 attempted coup. They have also issued warrants for the detention of 47 former executives or senior journalists of Turkey's Zaman newspaper.

Kocijancic called it "worrying that, following the entry into force of the state of emergency in Turkey, arrest warrants have been issued against a large number of journalists and a number of outlets have been shut down."