28 Jun 2018 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 27 Jun 2018 Turkey

Turkish Far Right Leader Threatens 80 Journalists, Pollsters and Academics

Source of threatNon-state
CategoryHarassment and intimidation of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ
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On June 25, 2018, following the results of the presidential and general elections in Turkey, the leader of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Devlet Bahçeli published a video online and inserted a paid advert in national newspapers with a list of 80 journalists, pollsters and academics he said had defamed his party and pledged never to forget what they had done. The Journalists Union of Turkey (TGS) reacted to this campaign by stating that the politician has crossed a red line by accusing journalists of defamation and considered that publishing the list of those critical journalists, pollsters and academics was a way to show them as potential targets for violent actions.
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