As Turks prepare to head to the polls next month, some journalists and opposition parties are accusing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of silencing the media.

Multiple journalists have been detained, others sacked and papers critical of Erdogan's AK party have been raided. 

In one such case, a Turkish paper came under investigation after publishing photos that it claimed showed Turkey's intelligence agency smuggling weapons into Syria. Erdogan told the paper's editor, "The person who wrote this story will pay a heavy price for it; I won't let him go unpunished."

AKP supporters say the president is being unfairly maligned, but critics point to a new "cult of personality".  

In this week's Arena, 

Daily Sabah journalist and AK party member Zeynep Jane Kandur debates Hurriyet Daily News columnist Mustafa Akyol on media freedoms in Turkey.

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Source: Al Jazeera