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06/05/2013 03:12 pm ET Updated Jun 05, 2013

Journalist Tulin Daloglu Calls Out Turkish Government For Media Crackdown (VIDEO)

Journalists and press freedom advocates are raising their voices against the Turkish government in the wake of the anti-government protests currently rocking Istanbul.

The Turkish media has been slammed for ignoring the massive protests — the largest that Turkey has seen in years. The Associated Press reported that television stations opted to run documentaries and a cooking show, while police fired tear gas at protesters outside.

The Committee to Protect Journalists' Nina Ognianova and journalist Tulin Daloglu joined HuffPost Live host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin to discuss how the Turkish government has cracked down on the media. Daloglu, for example, said that she was fired from a major Turkish paper because of a call from the prime minister's office.

She also criticized Turkish journalists, reminding them of the "responsibility" that newsrooms have to the country's citizens and hinting at the potential changes that may come out of this recent controversy.

"The people on the street do know how to respect and value the journalists who really do their job, but they do not care about those who just change their positions as the flow goes," Daloglu said. "So at the end of the day, what i'm seeing on the street could be really good for our democracy, that it also puts the Turkish media on notice."

Watch the full segment below:

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