Dec 08 2017

Zarrab case being misrepresented in Turkish media - writer

The Turkish media are largely either ignoring or misrepresenting a U.S. sanctions case involving Iranian-Turkish gold dealer Reza Zarrab, writer Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi said in the Eurasia Review.

“While the gold trader Reza Zarrab’s case is being closely observed in the international media, the government-controlled Turkish media either skip the story or castigate it as yet another ‘Western conspiracy’ against ‘Islamic’ Turkey,” he said.

Attacks on independent media over the last few years have led to the Turkish government “monopolising” the media, Dehlvi said, meaning that some Turks prefer to get their Zarrab coverage from the international press.

This “majoritarian line”, he said, not only goes for the main case itself, but also for other stories that have emerged in connection with the case.

“One such lie goes like this: a Harvard-trained anthropologist, Aykan Erdemir, who is currently a senior fellow at the conservative think-tank Foundation for Defense of Democracies, has prepared fake documents to damage the Turkish president’s reputation in the U.S. at the behest of Fethullah Gülen and the so-called terror outfit, FETÖ,” Dehlvi said.