As Walid pointed out a few days ago, Erdogan, the leader of the Antichrist Turkey has recently gone on a rampage seizing control of his opposition in the media. He did that earlier this week with an opposition media group called Koza Ipek, sending police officers to physically take control of the company.
Well two of their newspapers went from opposition articles to being mouthpieces for Erdogan overnight, literally.
From Today’s Zaman:
The Bugün and Millet dailies, which were forcibly taken over on Wednesday by a number of trustees appointed by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government following a controversial court decision, were turned into black propaganda instruments of the AK Party and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday in their first editions printed after the takeover.
Police raided the headquarters of the media outlets on Wednesday after the Ankara 5th Criminal Court of Peace ruled on Monday for the takeover of the administration of Koza İpek Holding’s companies, which includes critical media outlets, in a government-backed move. The trustees took over the management of the Bugün and Millet dailies, as well as Bugün TV and Kanaltürk, following a physical police intervention in which many journalists and protesters were subjected to excessive police force early on Wednesday.
The trustees stopped Thursday’s edition of the two dailies from going to print on Wednesday. A group of police officers also cut the Kanaltürk broadcast after breaking into the holding’s headquarters, while another group stormed the production control room of Bugün TV on Wednesday.
The appointed trustees are either members of the AK Party or former employees of pro-government dailies, casting doubts over an impartial guardianship.
The Bugün and Millet dailies published their first editions on Friday after the trustees took over. However, the Friday editions of both papers were full of propaganda reports for the AK Party government and Erdoğan, while there was almost no report on the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) ahead of the Nov. 1 snap election.
The Friday edition of Bugün published on its front page a large photo from the Oct. 29 Republic Day celebrations in Ankara in which Erdoğan is at the center. In its top story, headlined “Cumhur meydanda” (Nation in the square), Bugün included Erdoğan’s remarks during the celebrations in which he claimed he is conducting a so-called “battle for democracy in unity, solidarity and brotherhood.”
Erdoğan’s statement that Turkey will achieve the AK Party’s grand vision for 2023, when Turkey celebrates the centennial of the establishment of the republic, were also included in the lead story.
So if there is no opposition media in Turkey, meaning no opposition nosey journalists to report the truth, how will anyone know if Erdogan rigs the election this Sunday? He’s an evil man hungry for immense power and considering how he’s using the government to shut down his opposition in the media, I’m not sure what he’ll do on Sunday. He didn’t rig the election in June, obviously, so I’m not saying it’s a foregone conclusion that he’ll do it this time. But if he did, how would the Turkish people find out if all they have is propaganda news?