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Daily Yeni Şafak has fired columnist Ali Akel for an article that slammed Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, daily Radikal reported today.

Rumors about Akel's possible removal had been circulating since earlier this week after he criticized Erdoğan heavily and directly over the botched 2011 Uludere raid in an article published May 25, reports said.

Akel was reportedly removed from the daily this morning even though he tweeted yesterday that he was staying.

"I had to part ways with the newspaper due to my last articles," Akel wrote on his Twitter account today. "In times like these, there is always a price for speaking and writing. And someone always pays it."


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american american

5/31/2012 3:46:44 PM

you use the publishing as an excuse to weed out the voices you don't like!

Erik Johansson

5/30/2012 10:03:55 PM

How can the newspaper publish the article in the first place, then fire the journalist who wrote it? That newspaper, or the editor of that newspaper, should be fined.

Stephen Brunette

5/30/2012 9:36:20 PM

Herr Erdogan has spoken, and when someone upsets the Fuhrer, they are paid the price. This is not a country to speak one's mind, as the great dictator will intervene.

Richard Dickens

5/30/2012 8:43:38 PM

I see that is the way it works in "advanced" democracies!

Nadiri Başaran

5/30/2012 6:48:18 PM

Am I missing something, did the PM directly fire this journalist?

Turkish Sal

5/30/2012 6:42:13 PM

So I'm sure all commentors have noticed that most think we are reverting back to "the ottoman way" with journalists being canned for writing unfavourably about the ruling party. Following this logic, were we not always practicing the ottoman way as I can't see these events being any different before the AKP. Well with the exception of the assassinations.

Michael Wray

5/30/2012 6:41:40 PM

If you are neutral on situations of injustice, then youhave chosen the side of the oppressor. - Desmond Tutu

Turk down under

5/30/2012 4:35:52 PM

Back to the future! Back being the key word here.


5/30/2012 4:24:01 PM

Around the turn of the 20th century, Germans used to call Ottoman Turkey "Enverland", now we can safely call ourselves "Erdoganistan"!

Anderson Joel

5/30/2012 4:11:42 PM

l am not suprised in any way,this is normal for the Turkish Leadership,its a catastrophic situation,the country is already in the hands of Dectetorship and Turkey is fighting to Joine the EU,how?is it possible?Ali Akel should file Law suit for the babaric dismissal immediately.of course in the European court not in Turkey because if he files the suit in Turkey,nothing will ever come out.same story.
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