Turkey portrays itself as the leading nation in an increasingly turbulent region of the world. The country that straddles Europe and the Middle East is a secular democracy with a thriving economy. It's also a member of NATO and a potential member of the European Union.
But there are major conflicts both inside Turkey and just outside its southeastern border -- in Syria, Iran and Iraq. Also, Turkey is drawing widespread criticism for jailing more reporters than any other country in the world. The Committee to Protect Journalists recently released an in-depth report with this conclusion: press freedom in Turkey has reached a crisis point. To learn more about media restrictions, Global Journalist spoke to Amberin Zaman. She is a Turkish columnist and the country’s correspondent for The Economist newsmagazine.