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Mark Toner Urges İnternational Democratic Values Over Scholars' Arrest

Mark Toner Urges İnternational Democratic Values Over Scholars' Arrest
The U.S. Deputy spokesperson Mark Toner defined detainment and deportation of British academic Chris Stephenson as "part of a troubling trend in Turkey" in a statement...

The U.S. Deputy spokesperson Mark Toner defined detainment and deportation of British academic Chris Stephenson as "part of a troubling trend in Turkey" in a statement released via his Twitter account.

"We see these actions as part of a troubling trend in Turkey whereby official bodies, law enforcement and judicial authorities, are being used to discourage legitimate political discourse. And in any democratic society, when critical opinions should be encouraged – or, rather, critical opinions should be encouraged and definitely not silenced. So we would just urge the Turkish authorities to ensure their actions, as we've said many times of late, uphold universal democratic values and are in our – that are enshrined, rather, in Turkey's constitution" Stephenson said on a Daily Press Briefing on March 16.

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