Category: media

“‘Deporting foreigners was a ploy by the government against those who said things that the…”

“‘Deporting foreigners was a ploy by the government against those who said things that the government didn’t like in the ’90s, but which we hadn’t seen since,’ said Andrew Gardner, Turkey researcher at Amnesty International. ‘That these measures are used again is worrying.’”

Ayla Albayrak, The Wall Street Journal 

(re: recent deportation of Today’s Zaman journo Mahir Zeynalov)

“‘My deportation comes weeks after a massive smear campaign against me both on mainstream and…”

“‘My deportation comes weeks after a massive smear campaign against me both on mainstream and social media, many of them vowing that I will be deported,’ he [Mahir Zeynalov] said by email from Azerbaijan. ‘It is definitely a message to foreign journalists and constitutes the start of a troubling trend for foreign journalists accredited in Turkey.’”

Buzzfeed

Erdogan Eye on ‘€˜Crazy Projects’€™ Links Turkey Scandal to Builders

:

“‘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.”