Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun criticized some international media shops for his or her “biased” protection of the upcoming elections in Türkiye, as he mentioned they’re taking sides apart from missing neutrality.
“So-called prestigious worldwide media teams brazenly and publicly don’t hesitate in selecting sides for the elections in Türkiye,” Altun mentioned whereas addressing a panel dialogue organized by Türkiye’s Communications Directorate, Worldwide Combat in opposition to Disinformation on Social Media Platforms, within the capital Ankara.
Altun blamed the media teams for publishing “offensive and slanderous” headlines.
“We’re confronted with unimaginable slander and notion operations about our (Turkish) President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Türkiye within the nationwide and international enviornment,” he mentioned.
The British weekly The Economist, in its Might 6 situation’s cowl story on Turkish elections, used tags resembling “Save democracy” and “Erdogan should go.”
French Le Level and L’Specific magazines additionally featured anti-Erdoğan covers.
In Türkiye, the presidential and parliamentary elections will happen on Might 14.
On the presidential poll, voters will select between Erdoğan, who’s in search of reelection, the primary opposition chief Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, and Sinan Oğan. Muharrem Ince, one other presidential contender, withdrew from the race on Thursday.
In the meantime, 24 political events and 151 unbiased candidates are vying for seats within the 600-member Turkish parliament.