The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) called on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) to immediately stop a campaign against the Doğan Media Group and its daily newspaper Hürriyet.
The president and his supporters have attacked the Doğan Media Group over the daily’s Saturday report on the death sentence handed to deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, saying the article’s headline on hurriyet.com.trrepresented a death threat against Erdoğan. The headline at issue read: “The world is shocked! Death sentence for president who received 52 percent of the vote.”
Erdoğan, who was himself elected president with 52 percent of the vote, made the claim in public speeches earlier this week. However, pro-government Turkish daily Sabah noted that on the same day the headline appeared, Erdoğan specifically pointed to Morsi’s receipt of 52 percent of the vote in a public address in which he criticised the Egyptian sentence.
The attack was organized short before the national elections on 7 June.
The press freedom work of the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is supported by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) project, as part of a grant by the European Commission.