Dec 29 2017

Turkey is “theatre of the absurd” – Washington Post

A Washington Post editorial has described Turkey under Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as playing out “the theatre of the absurd”, citing the number of journalists detained on what it called “frivolous charges”.

“Under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey, a member of the North Atlantic alliance, and not all that long ago a boisterous democracy, has fallen into the grip of dictatorship,” the newspaper wrote. “The theatre of the absurd is in full season.”

The editorial cites the cases of journalist Oğuz Güven, who was charged with insulting the president for putting his image into a website that identifies dog breeds and given a terror sentence for the wording of a tweet.

“Mr. Erdoğan’s paranoia and Stalinist tactics are running riot. The losers will be the Turkish people,” the paper said.

 

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