Erdogan is using the coronavirus crisis to continue repressing political prisoners

Can Dundar, the former editor in chief of the leading Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet, is now living in exile.

Turkey has become the country with the fastest-rising number of coronavirus cases, with nearly 50,000 cases and nearly 1,000 deaths since the first case was diagnosed on March 10. But rather than addressing these worrisome trends, Turkey’s parliament is busy debating a law to release 90,000 criminals from prison — while keeping political prisoners locked up.