Know your place you shameless woman, ErdoÄŸan tells journalist
The Turkish wannabe caliph is becoming increasingly unhinged. Turkey is a place that has more journalists behind bars than any other country.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan has lashed out at a prominent journalist during a campaign rally in southern Turkey, calling her “shameless” and a “militant” for her earlier remarks the prime minister condemned as an “insult” to Muslims and his electorate.
ErdoÄŸan’s statement on Thursday when he was speaking before a crowd of supporters in southern Turkish province of Malatya was viewed by many in the social media as another attempt by the prime minister to publicly belittle and target a journalist.
Although the prime minister didn’t mention her name, he was referring to Amberin Zaman, Taraf columnist and The Economist correspondent. While interviewing main opposition leader Kemal KÄ±lÄ±Ã§daroÄŸlu on TV on Wednesday, Zaman questioned if a “Muslim society is able to question” the authorities. A smear campaign against Zaman was launched on social media by pro-government users minutes after she made the statement, condemning her for “insulting Islam and Muslims,” as well as supporters of the government.
ErdoÄŸan openly targeted her in Malatya, calling her a “shameless militant woman disguised under the name of a journalist.”
“Know your place,” ErdoÄŸan said. “They gave you a pen and you are writing a column in a newspaper,” the prime minister yelled in a bid to defame the journalist. “And then they invite you to a TV channel owned by DoÄŸan media group and you insult at a society of 99 percent Muslims.” DoÄŸan Holding owns the country’s biggest media holding and its owner AydÄ±n DoÄŸan is frequently at odds with the prime minister.
ErdoÄŸan “urged” the journalist and KÄ±lÄ±Ã§daroÄŸlu to continue with “this mindset.”
“For this reason, this nation will never elect you as a government.”
The Economist immediately released a statement, saying that Zaman has been the newspaper’sÂ correspondent in Turkey for 15 years and is widely respected.
“We stand firmly by her and her reporting,” The Economist said, adding that the intimidation of journalists has no place in a democracy.
“Under Mr ErdoÄŸan,” the statement continued, “Turkey has become an increasingly difficult place for independent journalism.”