Turks have cast their votes for the second time this year and the AK party have surged back into power.

Amid a military campaign grappling Kurdish fighters in the southeast and the armed group ISIL, critics of the AK party have accused President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of drowning out opposition voices and trying to control the media message.

Erdogan insists his country’s media is the freest in the world, however, a series of high-profile raids into Turkish media groups hostile to the government has seen some of the biggest media crackdowns in the country’s history.

The election results have put the AK party back in power with 49 percent of the vote, so what does that mean for journalism and media freedom in Turkey?

Talking us through the story are: Nazli Ilicak, a journalist at the Bugun newspaper, Cem Kucuk, a columnist at the Star newspaper; Ceren Sozeri, an associate professor at Galatasaray University; and Nuray Mert, a columnist for the leading Turkish newspaper Hurriyet Daily News.

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