March 5, 2016
Turkey, NATO member, great ally of the West and ISIS supporter, is having some troubles with their thriving democracy.
The government took over an opposition newspaper, and riot police were sent in to attack protesters.
The future EU member shares European values, says Mama Merkel, who recently agreed to send them 3 billion euros as a gift of love.
Turkish police used water cannon and tear gas to disperse crowds protesting outside the headquarters of the opposition Zaman newspaper. They moved in to secure the premises following a government decision to take over the management of the media group.
Part of the crowd have taken cover inside of the building, as riot police moved in on protesters.
After clearing their way through the crowd in front of the newspaper’s HQ, the officers pushed their way inside the building.
“Throw him off the staircase!” one of the officers allegedly shouted, as the raid squad pushed one of the publication’s employees down to the hall, according to a tweet written by a Zaman employee.
Zaman Editor-in-Chief Sevgi Akarcesme said that during the raid she was pushed by police as authorities tried to take her out of the building.
“A police officer grabbed my phone forcefully while I was broadcasting on Periscope. I’ll sue him when the rule of law is back. Unbelievable!” she tweeted. “This is beyond comprehension! Such a sad day in Turkey!”
The daily confirmed that police had gone to the management floor in the building, and were preventing editors from entering their offices. The journalists were shut out of their offices while police allegedly confiscated their cell phones, according to reports on social media.The raid began shortly before midnight after a day of standoffs between police and opposition protesters furious about what they call a government crackdown on the free press.The biggest opposition publication is being accused by the state of alleged links to America-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom the government accuses of attempting to topple the regime.
The decision by Istanbul 6th Criminal Court of Peace to de facto censor the publication was granted after the request of the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office, that accused the publication of taking orders from what it called the “Fethullahist Terrorist Organization/Parallel State Structure (FETO/PDY).”
The prosecutor said that the alleged terrorist group is working together with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) with the aim of toppling the Turkish government.
To remedy the so-called “terrorist threat,” the court ruled to sack the entire management and the editorial team of Feza Media Group companies and to replace the entire group’s administration with a three-member board appointed by the state court.
Following the court ruling the newspaper editorial team released a statement through its English-language sister publication, Today’s Zaman, calling the takeover the “darkest and gloomiest” for the freedom of the press.
The statement added that “media organizations and journalists are being silenced via threats and blackmail.”
The Western media isn’t really reporting this. It’s embarrassing to them, this great ally is literally sending cops to take down newspapers which disagree with the government.
Meanwhile, Russia is the bad guy. Because… I don’t even remember. Because of the gays?
The State Department did nominally denounce it.
But again, no serious media. Also, no threats against the Turk government.
— RT (@RT_com) March 4, 2016
— RT (@RT_com) March 4, 2016
— Abdullah Bozkurt (@abdbozkurt) March 4, 2016
— Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) March 4, 2016