Jun 26 2018

Turkish far-right leader publishes journalist blacklist

The leader of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s far-right junior coalition partner published a video on Monday that listed some 80 journalists, pollsters and academics he said had defamed his party and pledged never to forget what they had done.

Devlet Bahçeli’s Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) scored a surprisingly strong 11 percent in parliamentary polls on Sunday to help Erdoğan’s Islamist party secure a majority in parliament.

A voice read out a transcript of a statement attributed to Bahçeli on the video and ended with a list of names of around 70 mostly journalists, with a few pollsters and academics he said had defamed the party.

“We will never forget what they have done,” said the statement.

Journalist İsmail Saymaz hit back at the MHP leader on Twitter. ‘’I reject the allegations of defamation and consider it an injustice. I gave information as required by my job; I analysed and criticised.’’