20 May 2020 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 20 May 2020 n° 60/2020 Turkey

Interior Minister Denigrates Oda TV Journalist Müyesser Yıldız

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CategoryHarassment and intimidation of journalists
Partner IPI Article 19
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Partner IPI Article 19
On 18 May 2020, the Turkish Minister of the Interior Süleyman Soylu openly denigrated journalist Müyesser Yıldız, a columnist for Oda TV, on Twitter and accused her of having “terrorist” sympathies. The accusations stem from comments Yıldız made on Facebook about Soylu’s statement on an outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) military camp in the city of Kars that was taken over by Turkish forces. Yıldız had commented that news coming from the region about new casualties suggested the camp was not completely demolished. In his Tweet, Soylu replied: “Only you and the PKK would be sorry about this news... My sorrow is not about your affection for the PKK, but your collaboration with those shavettes who wear a so-called state shirt.” The PKK is considered a terrorist organisation in Turkey. In a statement made after Soylu’s targeting, Yıldız explained that she assumes that this comment was meant to denigrate her alleged contacts and information sources in the Turkish security forces. The journalist also said that she fears for her physical well-being as, after Soylu's criticism, she has been targeted by a troll campaign.
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