Sunday, 7 March 2010

Turkey's Republic of Fear

Excellent article in the Wall Street Journal on the unheralded triumph of Islamic extremism in Turkey:

"Last week's arrests in Turkey of dozens of high-ranking military officers mark the country's latest step toward authoritarianism. Neither Europe nor the United States can afford to ignore Turkey's transformation.

Since coming to power in 2002, the ruling Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) and ultra-conservative Fethullah Gulen Movement have gained significant leverage over the police and media. Emulating Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the AKP has made selective use of the legal code to effectively silence the country's two largest independent media groups.

Dogan, which owns about half of the media outlets in the country, faces a record $3.5 billion fine on delayed tax payments. Liberal media mogul Mehmet Emin Karamehmet has been sentenced to 12 years in jail on charges related to dealings at his bank for which he was earlier acquitted. Editors now think twice before running stories critical of the government..."

Read the full article here.

1 comment:

  1. On TURKEY:

    "How to Make Defeatism Look Good: Let’s Give Up and Cheer the Islamists" (Barry Rubin).