it should not be news that the intercept (being CIA) is on the side of the gulenists (also CIA)

There is no doubt that this is a full scale CIA velvet revolution operation, and public ridicule of the doomed leader is a central part of it. But the smoking gun is the MIT’s arms supply to ISIS and/or Nusra. Nobody is too keen to say which, because plainly the CIA is double-crossing Erdogan, for having set up the arms supply on their own earlier instructions, which we have been following ever since Sibel Edmonds alerted us in 2012/3 – RB

Turkey Wants Ban on Mocking Its Leader Enforced Abroad Too
Robert Mackey, The Intercept, Mar 30 2016


Erdogan receiving Mahmoud Abbas at the Turkish presidential palace in Ankara on Jan 12 2015. (Photo: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty)

Now that Erdogan has nearly completed a crackdown on dissent at home, closing down opposition newspapers, prosecuting students for joking on Twitter about officials and putting journalists on trial, he seems intent on silencing critics in other countries as well. After he arrived in Washington on Tuesday night, his security team got right to work, harassing protesters and journalists outside his hotel, as writers for one of the papers recently shuttered by Erdogan’s government noted.

That display of intolerance for dissent followed reports this week that Turkey’s foreign ministry had summoned Germany’s ambassador to complain about a satirical music video mocking Erdogan that was broadcast recently on German television. A Turkish diplomat told AFP: “We demanded it be removed from the air.” The Germany foreign ministry confirmed the encounter on Tuesday. A German diplomatic source told AFP that Ambassador Martin Erdmann rejected the request, explaining:

In Germany, political satire is covered by the freedom of the press and of expression, and the government has neither the need for, nor the option of, taking action.

The music video that prompted the diplomatic crisis was a parody of a 1980s song by the German pop star Nena, “Irgendwie, Irgendwo, Irgendwann,” (“Anyway, Anywhere, Anytime”). The satirical remix plays on the fact that the German word for “anytime” sounds like the Turkish president’s last name. The new version of the song, broadcast Mar 17 on NDR, a public television channel, pokes fun at the autocratic president in part by mixing footage of him looking ridiculous with criticism of his egotism and intolerance of dissent.

In response to the Turkish demand that the video be censored, the show that produced it, Extra 3, instead added English and Turkish subtitles to the video. Over the next 24 hours, the video was viewed nearly three million times more on YouTube, including more than a quarter of a million views of the new Turkish version. The song’s revised lyrics explicitly cite Erdogan’s attack on press freedom. The singer notes:

When a journalist writes a piece that Erdogan doesn’t like, he quickly ends up in jail.

Der Spiegel reported on Monday, when it first revealed Turkey’s attempt to have the German government censor the video, that Erdogan’s government has been incensed about European diplomats openly opposing its crackdown on the media. Germany’s ambassador is one of several European diplomats to attend the trial of two senior journalists, Can Dündar, the editor-in-chief of the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper, and Erdem Gül, the paper’s Ankara bureau chief. The two men face life in prison on espionage charges for reporting last year that weapons seized at the country’s border with Syria in 2014 were part of a covert operation by Turkey’s intelligence service to supply Islamist rebels. Dundar told the WSJ on Wednesday:

This is a tug of war between Turkish democrats and autocrats. The Western world has been supporting Erdogan for years and we were telling them that this was the wrong decision, not only for Turkey, but also for the Western world.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s