- Sputnik International
World
Get the latest news from around the world, live coverage, off-beat stories, features and analysis.

German Press Blasts Erdogan’s Campaign Against Freedom of Speech

© AP Photo / Emrah GurelTurkish journalists cover their mouths with black ribbons before the trial of Can Dundar, the editor-in-chief of opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet and Erdem Gul, the paper's Ankara representative, outside the courthouse in Istanbul, Friday, April 1, 2016
Turkish journalists cover their mouths with black ribbons before the trial of Can Dundar, the editor-in-chief of opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet and Erdem Gul, the paper's Ankara representative, outside the courthouse in Istanbul, Friday, April 1, 2016 - Sputnik International
Subscribe
International
India
The Turkish President is behaving like a coward by launching repeated attacks against the freedom of the press, according to German media.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during his meeting with mukhtars at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, March 16, 2016 - Sputnik International
'War on Democratic Freedoms': George Galloway on Turkey’s Media Offensive
The ongoing trial of four Turkish academics, whose only transgression was signing a petition denouncing the military operations conducted by Ankara in the southeastern regions of the country, serves as a sad proof of Erdogan’s desperate attempts to abolish the freedom of speech, German news magazine Stern reports.

"Recep Tayyip Erdogan is afraid: afraid of criticism, of losing power, of the truth. Therefore, the Turkish president relentlessly pursues anyone who dares question his policies or even his personal qualities," the magazine remarks.

According to Stern, Erdogan treated the academics' petition as a personal insult, and decided to put them on trial to show 'who’s in charge.' The Turkish president accused them of treason and aiding terrorists, even though his real motives – the fear that this petition might prompt other 'malcontents' to stand up against his policies – were pretty transparent, the author of the article argues.

In January, 1,128 Turkish and international scientists signed the Academics for Peace petition calling for cessation of military operation in the southeast of Turkey. Turkish authorities responded swiftly through opening cases against about 507 of the signatories, putting some of the most prominent of them on trial.

Newsfeed
0
To participate in the discussion
log in or register
loader
Chats
Заголовок открываемого материала