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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said the Turkey-US Interparliamentary Friendship Group will send a letter to US Secretary of State John Kerry in response to another letter sent by members of the US Congress to Kerry concerning the arrests of Turkish journalists and the status of media freedom in Turkey.
Erdoğan's remarks came after 88 members of Congress sent Kerry a letter on Feb. 2 urging him to support media freedom in Turkey.
A large number of members of the US Congress have voiced concerns on the recent arrest of media members in Turkey and called on Secretary of State John Kerry to press the Turkish government to secure press freedom in the country.
In a letter to Kerry, 89 members of Congress stated that they are “deeply concerned” with the recent arrest of journalists, underlining the Turkish government's steps to “intimidate, arrest and smother” critical voices as being a threat to the very democratic principles that Turkey claims to respect.