President Erdoğan Accuses NYT, BBC and CNN

TURKEY-ERDOGAN/ABBASTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has accused prominent international media institutions like the New York Times, CNN and the BBC of trying to weaken the country and then disintegrate it in line with instructions issued to them by what he called “the superior mind.”

“Think about this; this newspaper [the NYT] did the same thing against Ottoman Sultan Abdülhamit in 1896. It fulfills a duty imposed by a certain power. It serves this power in line with the assignment. This is what it’s doing now. It fulfilled its duty during the Gezi incidents  as well, as you know. Just like the BBC and CNN,” Erdoğan told private broadcaster Show TV late June 2.

Erdoğan’s reaction against the New York Times came after an editorial in the newspaper strongly criticized his recent activities as restricting the freedom of media in Turkey and warned NATO and the United States to urge Erdoğan “to turn away from the destructive path.”