— The Erimtan Angle —

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On 28 February 2016, the Prez made a public declaration, indicating that he does not respect the Constitution of the Republic of Turkey.

The Prez said: “I will remain silent on the decision the court has given. But I don’t need to accept it, I want to make that clear. I don’t obey or respect the decision. This has nothing to do with press freedom. This is a case of spying”.[1] Additionally, as reported by RT, “Ankara pulled an independent Turkish TV channel off the air during a live interview with Dundar and Gul on Friday [, 27 February 2916]. The channel officials claim it was ‘clearly a political decision’. Public Prosecutor Ramazan Dinç demanded Turkey’s satellite provider Turksat to stop the broadcasts of IMC TV, a Turkish nationwide channel, local media reported. The official reason for pulling the plug was channel’s ‘terrorist propaganda’ in favor of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK). ‘In Turkey, everything contrary to the official view is tossed into the terrorism bag…This was clearly a political decision. The prosecutor has no legal right to seek our closure based on an allegation’, the channel’s general coordinator Eyup Burc said, as cited by Reuters. He denied any links between the channel and terrorists. IMC TV wrote on Facebook that now it is only available via satellite channels. ‘The situation of freedom of the press and freedom of expression in Turkey is miserable’, IMC News Coordinator Faruk Eren said, as cited by Today’s Zaman.[2]

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[1] “Erdogan: ‘I don’t respect court ruling to free Cumhuriyet journalists'” RT News (29 Feb 2015). https://www.rt.com/news/333881-turkey-channel-terrorist-charges/?utm_source=browser&utm_medium=aplication_chrome&utm_campaign=chrome.

[2] “Erdogan: ‘I don’t respect court ruling to free Cumhuriyet journalists'”.

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