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Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan strongly criticized and described some columnists as “sycophants” for their critical columns over the recently downed Turkish jet incident. At the same time he thanked oppositional parties for standing united with the government on this ongoing crisis with Syria.

“I particularly want thank Mr. [Devlet] Bahçeli [leader of the Nationalist Movement Party] for his speech he made today [Tuesday]. I want to thank him for expressing solidarity, unity and want to see the same approach from all political parties,” Erdoğan said.

“No one has the luxury of hurting one’s own country’s interests in the name of opposing [the government] over Syria,” Erdoğan said, calling for political parties to avoid making this incident a matter of daily political polemic. “I wholeheartedly believe that this same sensitivity will be shown by all political parties, non-governmental organizations, media and [Turkey’s] 75 million citizens during this process,” he said. However, Erdoğan had strong words of criticism for columnists who had criticized the government’s policies towards Syria and asked why a Turkish jet was flying in that region to begin with. “They ruthlessly act as if they are not from this society, not citizens of this country,” he said. Erdoğan went further to say that “some of these journalists may have been sold,” and added “those who have no idea about the history of Turkish people cannot understand the government’s policies towards Syria.”

June/27/2012

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sam stevens

6/27/2012 9:53:03 AM

Ah...I see Mr Erdogan, journalists are not allowed to do their job , not allowed to ask the question which is uppermost in the most intelligent minds, that question IS what was the Turkish plane doing flying so low in someone else's air space ? Who authorised this flight & why has no one mentioned the second plane ? Surely it's rare for these sorties to enacted by a lone plane ? Until a convincing answers are given the question will persist,the more its ignored the more suspicion grows.

Michael Johnson

6/27/2012 8:51:50 AM

Hey Erdogan, the opposition's question is a valid one. Calling their patriotism and solidarity into question will not change that. Instead of taking it personally, why not answer it?

Rimon Tree

6/27/2012 8:45:57 AM

This is a clear threat to freedom of speech and opinion! Whoever is oppsoed to the esteemed PM has to be silenced. We are experiencing this now for quite a while! Where is the Turkish Spring? Are you really ALL Neo-Ottomans looking for war and conquest? It reminds me of the famous book of Karl Kraus which he wrote just before the outbreak of WWI: "The last days of Humanity".

Stephen Brunette

6/27/2012 7:49:46 AM

Sad remarks by the PM for a free and open media and press is vital to a stable democracy, but he just doen't get it.
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