Jul 10 2018

AKP social media hawks disappear

Journalists Fuat Uğur and Cem Küçük, two of the most outspoken and aggressive supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), have mysteriously disappeared from the country’s social media sphere, news site ABC Gazetesi reports.

Turkish social media users were puzzled by the unexplained closure of the pair’s Twitter pages on Tuesday, the day after Erdoğan was sworn in as the country’s first executive president in what many see as an overpowering victory for the AKP side.

Uğur and Küçük are well-known for their vociferous attacks, often through social media, on opposition figures and those close to the AKP who are perceived to have strayed too far from Erdoğan’s chosen path.

Shortly before closing their accounts, the pair had reportedly been involved in an online dispute with Ümit Özdağ, the chairman of the nationalist opposition Good Party.