Iran Press TV whines over hijab ban… in Turkey!

Hijaab is religious freedom!

Turkey bans headscarves at schools, public offices

A controversial ban on hijab has outraged Turkey’s Muslim population. The Islamic hijab is a form of Muslim women’s dress code, which allows them to exercise modesty by covering their hair with a piece of headscarf.  The hijab has been banned by Turkish governments since the creation of Republic of Turkey in 1923.

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Turkey, worst jailer of journalists

Al Arabiya

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Turkey ranks first in jailing journalists, thus replacing Iran, which is now second, followed by China, and Syria. This is quite surprising because it contradicts the image of Turkey in the Arab world, that of an economically prosperous, politically influential regional power that with its successes puts the rest of the Muslim world to shame.

Yet, the CPJ report unraveled the dark side and accused Erdogan’s government of launching the fiercest campaign against freedom of the press in modern history. The majority of jailed journalists are Kurds who, Turkish authorities claim, are detained on terrorist charges and not in their capacity as journalists.

Turkey’s excuse

However, the report and several testimonies reveal that that were arrested because of what they write.

The problem in the case of Turkey is the use of economic prosperity as an excuse for clampdown on freedoms. Erdogan did not hesitate to ask editors-in-chief to “discipline” their journalists and this actually happened with a Kurdish journalist whom the prime minister indirectly called a “traitor,” an accusation that drove the editor-in-chief to dismiss her.

  Erdogan did not hesitate to ask editors-in-chief to “discipline” their journalists  

Diana Moukalled

It is now clear that Erdogan does not take kindly to criticism and this explains how the increased popularity of a social networking website like Twitter, which the Turkish people use as an alternative medium to voice their opinions.

In fact, Turkey now ranks 11th worldwide in the use of Twitter.

What is more surprising is the stance of the West that stands still while these violations take place, owing probably to its need for a strong ally in the Muslim world.

It is a shame that Turkey would come before countries like Iran, China, Eritrea, and Syria as far as clamping down on press freedom in concerned, a matter that the current leadership cannot take lightly.