IPI and other organisations voiced concern, for example, about Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s public complaints about coverage of his government, and his appeals to supporters to stop buying newspapers that, as he told one rally, "stand by others rather than stand by the prime minister of the Turkish Republic".
According the IPI "The EU can play a central role in ensuring free expression and pluralistic media in candidate countries such as Turkey". And I believe that!
But there is still widespread concern about Turkish laws used to prosecute journalists, including above mentioned Article 301, which bans insults to the Turkish state. Although amended in 2008 to reduce the jail time from three years to one, the law "risks inciting attacks on journalists by questioning their loyalty". It has been used in the past to punish journalists and intellectuals who criticized government policies, including murdered newspaper editor Hrant Dink.
Article 301 remains a threat to freedom of expression in Turkey!