Political observers who follow Turkish democracy often get confused with the contradictory phenomena they face. On the one hand, Turkey has free and fair elections, competing political parties, a robust civil society and a very colorful media. Yet, there are still liberties missing, from freedom of religion to freedom of speech. The fact that there are almost 70 Turkish journalists in jail has become an oft-quoted ugly fact. So, what is really going on?
Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey