US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Saturday criticized Turkey’s neglect of some human rights issues, including a lack of religious freedom, the censoring of the internet and improper detention of journalists.
Clinton noted the rising economic importance of Turkey as well calling it one of the most exciting places in the world due to its ties with both Eastern and Western cultures, but expressed great concern over the recent jailing of approximately 50 journalists during the "Sledgehammer" coup last year.
Citing continued discrimination of Kurds, Clinton asked that Turkey expand religious freedoms. Further, she denounced a proposal set to go into effect in August that would allow Turkish authorities to monitor citizen’s usage of the Internet.
All of the comments were made during an interview with CNN Turkey during Clinton’s recent diplomatic visit to Turkey, Greece and India.