Saturday, April 3, 2010
At a meeting with his party deputies, Tayyip Erdoğan, prime minister of Turkey and chairman of the Islamofascist AKP party, unleashed his anger against columnists who are critical of his government’s policies. “We will not be provoked by those media who want to portray the country as a fire scene. They (columnists) are writing such strange, such ugly articles… Are you going to help this country out or fire things up?”
Erdoğan went on to blatantly threaten publishers and owners of the news media outlets: “I am appealing to the publishers of those newspapers. You cannot say: ‘What can I do? I can’t control my columnists.’ You must tell them that they are responsible for this (turmoil).”
Erdoğan continued his hateful rant: “Nobody has a right to cause tensions and ruin the economy in this country. We (the government) can’t allow this either. You (publishers) give the paycheck to these columnists…So you have no right to complain in the future either (He means that the publishers have no right to complain when the government punishes them in the future for not controlling their columnists, just like it did by levying a multi-billion dollar tax fine against Doğuş Media Group, owner of several high-profile media outlets that have been highly critical of the AKP government).”
“How can they criticize the summit?” he asked, referring to the meeting he had with the President of the Republic and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “Is there such a ridiculous thing? Those who give pens to these people (columnists) should say ‘Sorry, but there is no place for you any longer in our shop.’” (For the original news report, please follow the link: http://www.ntvmsnbc.com/id/25062661/)
These words, straight from the horse’s mouth, clearly prove how much respect the leader of AKP has for freedom of press, and by extension, for democracy. The politicians, analysts, and journalists in the US and the EU, who have preferred to call AKP as a “moderate Muslim party, committed to strengthening democracy in Turkey” and have condoned its repressive policies as “necessary to abolish the antidemocratic yoke of the elitist secular establishment” should take these words to heart. Erdoğan and his thugs advocate democracy only for themselves and so long as it allows them to strengthen their autocratic Islamic rule. Democracy, as known to others with all its bells and whistles from freedom of speech and of press, to women’s and workers rights, doesn’t exist in the plans they have drafted for Turkey.
Removal of Erdoğan and his Islamofascist AKP from power is in the best interest of the Turkish democracy and also in the strategic interest of the US and the EU. His recent threats against the press are just another indication of what he has in mind for Turkey: an autocratic, repressive Islamic republic closely aligned with other theocratic dictatorships like Iran and Sudan.