A tiny fishing village called Garipce holds a clue to understanding the largest corruption scandal in Turkish history.
“‘The relationship between the construction industry and the AKP is straightforward: They get the big government contracts,’ said , a Turkish economist at Illinois State University in the town of Normal who studies corruption, via e-mail. ‘What is more important is their presence in Turkish media. These firms own the majority of the radio and television stations, and the AKP and Erdogan use these as propaganda machines.’
Sabah and other pro-government media call the probes politically motivated, rejecting any implications of corruption. Opinion pieces in the pro-Erdogan press don’t refute the allegations of corruption, arguing instead that these projects were awarded to speed up infrastructure investments, said Global Source’s Yesilada.”