Reuters: Return of short-selling bans: market protection or ‘war against truth’?

New moves to curb short-selling in some countries have set the stage for a renewed battle between free market advocates and authorities aiming to check investors they see as profiteers who destabilize major companies.

Turkey’s regulator banned short-selling of seven domestic banks last month after U.S. prosecutors charged state lender Halkbank (HALKB.IS) with Iranian sanctions violations.

South Korea is considering restrictions while European authorities are investigating short-sellers over alleged market manipulation – part of a nascent trend that Carson Block, founder of U.S. short-seller Muddy Waters Capital LLC, decried to Reuters as a “global war against truth.”

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