Turkey’s Erdogan Calls Journalists Terrorists

Turkish president Recep Erdogan told an audience at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York this week that his country has put more journalists in jail than any other nation because: “They’re not journalists, they’re terrorists.” Erdogan’s assertions were a chilling alternative reality to the well-documented persecution of journalists by his government. An estimated 150 journalists remain imprisoned in Turkey, while The Guardian says more than 2,500 journalists have lost their jobs and hundreds have had their press cards revoked following a media purge following the failed coup in 2016.

Source: Quartz

Posted on: September 22, 2017

Video Analysis: Turkish Goons or Protesters?

Last week, a melee broke out between black-suited security officers with visiting Turkish President Erdogan and protesters in Wash., D.C. News reports and video pointed to Erdogan's own men as the instigators, but the embassy blamed demonstrators. Reporters from The New York Times painstakingly reviewed videos and photos to track the actions of 24 men, and found that Turkish officials were indeed behind the attacks. Impressive sleuthing by the Times.

Source: New York Times

Posted on: May 26, 2017

Turkey Targets Media, Not Coup Backers

With arrest warrants issued this week for 89 journalists, and the closure of at least 131 newspapers, television and radio stations, publishers and news agencies, it's clear that the Erdogan regime is targeting independent media and not coup supporters. Among the 40 journalists detained this week are leading investigative reporters and independent voices in the Turkish media.

Source: Guardian

Posted on: July 30, 2016