Turkish embassy slams CNN for using Istanbul picture in virus report

The Turkish embassy in Washington called out news network CNN on Thursday for using images of a mosque in Istanbul to illustrate tweets on the impact of the new strain of coronavirus on the United States.

“It is deplorable that CNN deliberately and insistently publishes photos from Istanbul in its coverage on #Covid_19 developments in US,” the embassy’s tweet said. “CNN has to explain to its readers the logic of using a picture of a mosque in Istanbul in news concerning visits to Congress or CA prisons.”

CNN’s tweets came shortly after another U.S. media institution, the New York Times, used similar photographs of Istanbul to head a story on President Donald Trump’s imposition of a travel ban on 26 European countries in an effort to contain the spread of the virus.

Social media users were quick to point out that not only was Turkey not on the list of banned countries, but it is also often excluded from discussions of Europe in more positive circumstances.

Turkey’s Health Ministry reported its first confirmed case of COVID-19 on Wednesday.