Turkish media exaggerating femicides, says female AKP deputy

A woman lawmaker from Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has said the media is exaggerating femicides and violence against women in Turkey to create a negative perception of the country, Birgün newspaper reported on Tuesday.

“In the United States, 12 in every million women become victims of male violence. The number in Turkey is only half of that,” Birgün newspaper cited Hülya Atçı Nergis as saying during a live program on a local TV broadcast in Kayseri on Tuesday.

The AKP lawmaker said that the number of murdered men in the country was 12 times that of women in 2020, when reminded that 300 women were killed by men in Turkey last year, according to women’s organization We Will Stop Femicide Platform.

“The media is exploiting violence against women in Turkey. They are over-covering them, this is wrong,’’ the lawmaker said.

“They disseminate the perception that a large number of women are killed in Turkey. However, the statistics are obvious. In fact, incidents of violence against women in Turkey are fewer compared to other countries, ”she added.

The MP's remarks came after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Monday that the Turkish parliament would form a new commission to address violence against women.

However, Erdoğan also blasted critics, who condemn Turkey’s women’s rights record.

"The problem of those who target Turkey -refusing to see that femicides in countries that are supposedly more advanced than  Turkey in terms of women`s rights are much much higher - is the Turkish nation itself," Erdoğan said.

A total of 6,732 women have been murdered in the 18 years since Erdoğan’s AKP came to power, according to a report prepared by opposition lawmaker Sezgin Tanrıkulu earlier this month.