Turkey Is Shutting Down over 130 Media Outlets; Can Democracy Survive?

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Erdogan’s political purge following the failed coup keeps on going, with the net ever widening.

Turkey is shutting down over 100 media outlets and is purging over 1,000 military personnel, it was announced Wednesday as President Tayyip Erdogan’s government continues to tighten its grip on power after a failed military coup on July 15.

In all, 131 media outlets have been shut down including television stations, newspapers and magazines. Earlier this week, the government began detaining journalists, with around 90 reporters ordered to be detained.

Nearly 50 journalists from the opposition Zaman newspaper have been issued detention orders. Zaman was shut down in March for its alleged links to the Gulenist movement, which the Erdogan administration is blaming for the attempted coup.

The military has so far dishonorably discharged 1,684 of its personnel for their alleged role in the failed coup, a government official said, according to CNN Turk. Of those discharged, 149 were either generals or admirals. Al Jazeera Turk reported that Erdogan also aims to shut down all of Turkey’s military schools.

Erdogan last week ordered the shutdown of thousands of institutions, including schools, universities and trade unions. A presidential decree ordered a state of emergency following the failed coup.

Under the state of emergency, people can be detained for up to one month without charge, which has raised concerns among human rights groups. Many are saying that Erdogan is going too far in his quest to purge the country of anti-government elements.

“The wholesale and arbitrary nature of the attacks on the Turkish media in the past week seems to reflect a desire to exact revenge and bring them into line. It is time the authorities put a stop to this,” said Reporters Without Borders.

The Turkish Interior Minister Efkana Ala has said that more than 15,000 people have been detained since the failed coup, with 8,113 people formally arrested and awaiting trial. The attempted coup left at least 265 dead and around 2,000 injured.

Via TeleSur

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6 Responses

  1. Truth And Justice

    Meanwhile in Europe/America, free speech has been attacked regarding castigation of Israel and it’s Evil, Immoral, Terrorist Acts.

    • Exactly, one rule for Israel, one for everyone else. And despite the fine words of Cornel West, it was a bridge too far for the DNC to even mention the word “occupation” in its policy statement on Palestine.
      I have a terrible sense of foreboding about the next year or two in Palestine. Hillary Clinton is as hawkish as it is possible to be and has been bought by Zionist tycoons such as Haim Saban and Sheldon Aldeson. And with Trump who knows what might happen.
      The Zionists will be ever more emboldened and I fear mass murder and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians on a horrific scale.

    • In the spirit of Truth, how many media sites have been shut by the government for voicing anti-Israel sentiments. How many years did Cornel West get for his comments at the DNC platform meeting?

    • Richard, Erdogan is without doubt mentally ill. He has been described by mental health experts and others as bi-polar.
      In addition, we can explain what we are seeing now as the culmination of his long-held desire to seek revenge on the Kemalists (secularists loyal to Ataturk).
      Erdogan went to prison in 1999 for incitement to religious hatred. The offending poem included the lines “Our minarets are our bayonets, our domes are our helmets..”
      In recent years he and his AKP party have revealed their true colors, the crushing of the Gezi Park rebellion being one prime example.
      Also, don’t buy the AKP line that the Gulenists are terrorists. There is a not a cigarette paper’s difference between the AKP and the Gulen movement, they are kith and kin. Gulen has talked about infiltrating the veins of democracy and bringing it down at the right moment. It is a straightforward power struggle.

  2. Even paranoids have enemies, Richard. Particularly if they’re authoritarians attempting to subvert an admittedly imperfect secular democracy and replace it with an Islamist, nationalist party state for fun and profit.

    But let’s not pretend this is something new. Most of the national media have already been seized and sold to Erdogan’s allies and Hurriyet is kept on a very short leash by threats of tax levies against its owner.

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