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Booklets were delivered to Turkish
embassy in foreign capitals, FM says. AA photo

Booklets were delivered to Turkish embassy in foreign capitals, FM says. AA photo

Turkey has launched an information campaign in capitals around the world to clarify the situation regarding imprisoned journalists in the country, following several criticisms of the Turkish government.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry and Justice Ministry prepared a joint project of booklets outlining the reasons behind sentences given to journalists imprisoned in the country, according to Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu.

The booklets were delivered in the last three months to each Turkish embassy in foreign capitals, Davutoğlu said yesterday while speaking at the Institute of Strategic Thinking (SDE).

The minister admitted that foreign officials abroad sometimes asked about the imprisoned journalists in Turkey.

“We delivered booklets providing information – one by one – on the journalists who were sentenced due to their journalistic activities, and the ones who were imprisoned due to other reasons,” Davutoğlu said.

Davutoğlu rejected criticisms about “suspended” democratic reforms in Turkey after prior steps the government had taken in the first couple of years of its rule. Citing the party closure case against the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in 2008, the minister noted, “Nobody can pursue the closing of a political party at the moment.”

He did not believe democracy in Turkey was going back a step, instead, he claimed the country has made significant progress.

He stressed that freedom of expression should have no limits, other than outrage.

The most important revolution in releasing Turkish politics from slavery happened two years ago in the referendum to change the Constitution, the minister said.

Additionally, Davutoğlu announced that Turkey would be an observer in the Arctic Council, expressing Turkey’s intention to be a member of all international organizations.

Turkey has also taken its biggest foreign policy risk in calling on the former President of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, to resign, Davutoğlu said.

December/28/2012

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vural korkmaz

12/28/2012 8:28:33 PM

Turkish journalists disclose injustises that agitates some extremist to commit terrorism. Instead of correcting injustices and stopping people from commiting terrorism, government punishes the ones who disclose them. No goverment official past and present including Davutoğlu could see that. TSK many times intervined, changed constitution, executed and prisoned goverment officials but failed to see and correct injustices. No propaganda can solve any problem, may only be push it under rug.

mesude salihli

12/28/2012 5:51:33 PM

If the booklet comes with a free gift, say an iPad, maybe foreigners would read it.

mara mcglothin

12/28/2012 4:04:23 PM

You can't release evidence in an ongoing investigation of a crime! The AKP is presenting a one sided trial on paper. Shouldn't happen in a real democracy. Spot on! MICHAEL JOHNSON

Agnes Smith

12/28/2012 1:43:19 PM

.Maybe they should be posted on the ministry web site so everything is tranparent for all. Maybe the lawyers could be allowed more access to info too. Thinking this is just a way to keep in check the foreign diplomats who may not be AKP loyalists.

Agnes Smith

12/28/2012 12:00:21 PM

Just goes to show TK diplomats abroad are as confused as the rest of us. This will just asure they don't get into trouble by quoting anything not approved by AKP. Clever PR move.

Faruk Beisser

12/28/2012 9:35:15 AM

Lies, lies, lies, nothing but lies, the expertise of Gülen/Erbakan AKP! And really, it is true, Turkey has made significant progress in that never before in the history of Turkey have been so many women murdered through husband and/or family in any regime as under AKP rule!

Michael Johnson

12/28/2012 9:00:31 AM

Turks, are you OK with your tax money being spent on propaganda trying to support the AKP position on suspensions of human rights in regards to journalists being implicated as terrorists? If so, you deserve the government you have.

Rorschach ~

12/28/2012 3:34:53 AM

Are they making these booklets available to the citizens of Turkey?
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