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Tuesday, May 4, 1999 Published at 23:17 GMT 00:17 UK

World: Europe

Turkey condemned for ill-treating journalists

An international pressure group for press freedom has accused Turkey of failing to act on a promise to eradicate police violence against journalists.

In a report published today , the group, Reporters sans Frontieres, says it has information on several cases of beatings and torture, although it accepts there has been a decline in the scale of the problem.

The group has called on the Council of Europe, which includes Turkey, to investigate and condemn cases of ill-treatment.

The report alleges that nine journalists were tortured last year and more than seventy assaulted in the past fifteen months.

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