Turkey Arrests Western Journalist For Criticizing Erdoğan

220px-EbruUmar220px-Recep_Tayyip_ErdoganOur close ally in Turkey this week is continuing his comprehensive attack on free speech and free exercise. A Dutch journalist, Ebru Umar, a well-known atheist and feminist journalist, is the latest victim of the crackdown by Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Erdoğan was recently given a boost to his scorched earth campaign by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to first apologize to him for a comedian making fun of him in Germany but also approved a prosecution of the comedian . As Merkel abandoned any semblance of free speech in Germany to appease Erdoğan, the authoritarian leader set out to punish Western journalists in his own country who dared to criticize him. Umar recently wrote a piece critical of Erdoğan for the Dutch daily Metro, extracts of which she then tweeted. Her last tweet chillingly said “Police at the door. No joke.”

We have seen the erosion of liberties in Turkey after the election of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his coalition of Islamic parties. Just last month, we discussed the arrest of Mehmet Emin Altunses, 16, who allegedly committed the crime of “insulting” Erdoğan. calling people who use birth control “traitors” and saying Muslims discovered America, you are not allowed to be disrespectful or insulting in discussing Erdoğan. Then there was the prosecution of model and former Miss Turkey Merve Buyuksarac, 26, for criticizing Erdogan for quoting a few lines from a poem called the “Master’s Poem” from weekly Turkish satirical magazine Uykusuz. Erdoğan’s totalitarian measures have earned him the nickname “Buyuk Usta” (the Big Master). Even a joking reference to Gollum and Erdoğan is enough to land you in jail today in Turkey.

Umar is of Turkish descent and has been outspoken in her criticism of Islam and her opinions on feminism. She was reported to police after one of her tweets criticizing Erdoğan was given to the police. The arrest follows a controversy in the Netherlands with the disclosure of a letter from the Turkish government to Turkish groups and individual to forward emails and social media posts which insult Erdoğan or Turkey.

Indeed, Umar was commenting on the controversy before her arrest. Insulting the president is a crime in Turkey punishable by up to four years in jail. Erdoğan’s government has open more than 1,800 cases against people for insulting him.

In the meantime, the United States continues to support Erdoğan as he arrests critics, including journalists, in an utter denial of free speech in Turkey — and with the help of people like Merkel, around the world.

Source: Guardian

29 thoughts on “Turkey Arrests Western Journalist For Criticizing Erdoğan”

  1. “And I am sure that I never read any memorable news in a newspaper. If we read of one man robbed, or murdered, or killed by accident, or one house burned, or one vessel wrecked, or one steamboat blown up, or one cow run over on the Western Railroad, or one mad dog killed, or one lot of grasshoppers in the winter, – we need never read of another. One is enough. If you are acquainted with the principle, what do you care for a myriad instances and applications?”–Henry David Thoreau

    This is especially true of news involving Islam.

  2. Would you expect anything less from the “Religion” of Pieces, founded by a mass murdering pedophile? How many times do I have to ‘splain reality to you folks?

  3. This guy would avoid or ignore the Constitution just like Obama has. Given the tenor of the times it was careless of the reporter to write with her name on it and stay in the country. Be interesting to see if the Dutch can get her out of jail free.

  4. You’ve got to be nuts to visit the middle east and most of the surrounding countries in that area.

  5. It’s more than ironic how we are lenient with totalitarian monsters who serve our purposes, but if anyone elsewhere overtakes mob casinos and corporate holdings, promotes land reform and human rights, by god we’re ready to fight the good fight against their ignorance.

  6. Here are the lyrics for the song: This Is America!

    When you walk across this land
    You will understand
    We have all it takes to be one nation hand in hand
    As you look at every face
    Look beyond the race
    Then you’ll see we’re all American

    This is America
    The dream for all to see
    This is America
    Our strength is you and me

    We have come from near and far
    To get to where we are
    Some have had it easy and some have had it hard
    But as different as we seem
    We all share a dream
    And we won’t let that dream be torn apart

    This is America
    United we will stay
    This is America
    The dream lives on today

    This is America
    The dream for all to see
    This is America
    Our strength is you and me
    This is America
    United we will stay
    This is America
    The dream lives on today

    America, the dream lives on today

    -end

    Let us not be hypocrites. A hypocrite is a hippopotomas with a critter. Not hip. The critters take over. Let us have free speech on some blog in America. Any suggestions?
    Where have all the hipsters gone?
    Long time passing.
    Where have all the critics gone?
    Long long time ago.
    When will all the people see?
    See that things are real.
    When will all the people see?
    That Erdogan is here.

    Let’s remove the Erdogans.
    Lets remove them all!
    Let’s move on from Merkel talk.
    Long long time you know.

    Let’s get on to Sprech Frie time.
    In America!

    -end.

    I can not spull German, Free speech. The right to petition our government for redress of grievances. The right to assemble. One blog, under God, with liberty and justice for all.

  7. “those who have been run off this blog for being critical of ideas, thoughts, comments of JT, Darren or others
    People have left of their own accord, because they lost a lefty echo chamber, no longer had Bush to rail about, and also because they can’t take criticism of their ideas.
    Some left because their abusive posts were deleted, but the non-abusive comments stayed. So they were not banned.
    Some people may have been banned for being abusive, very few in number I would guess.

    It is a private blog. Prof. Turley allows far more freedom of discussion than most who write on the law (cough**Althouse**cough), but then it is her own blog as well, so her rules. Certain topics and positions are verboten for her. Turley has granted much wider latitude.

    “We need a free speech blog here in America. A blog where one can criticize the sponsor or head of the blog. Without being thrown off the blog.
    Then start one.

  8. We need a free speech blog here in America. A blog where one can criticize the sponsor or head of the blog. Without being thrown off the blog. This is not “journalism”. This is the exercise of free speech on the internet. We are not on television or radio where certain things are censored. We are on the internet and on a blog. Give the names of those who have been run off this blog for being critical of ideas, thoughts, comments of JT, Darren or others. Merkel smiles.

  9. We on the blog need to compile an itShay List of places on planet Earth which purport to be civilized nation states or whatever and yet are unsafe at any speed. Turkey is high on the list. I would include: Germany, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria. What do the bloggers think?

  10. Ah yes Merkel has given this crazy man the green light…do what ever you want and I’ll apologize. How like Obama she has has become and the result is the same. Give these men an inch and they will take a mile…..has anyone noticed that our allies don’t look much better than our alleged enemies. In fact, they often look much worse.

  11. This country is a member of NATO.. That means we have agreed to defend them! Good grief!

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