Sedat Ergin

The continuing self-censorship in Turkey

The self-censorship and the fear of the Turkish media is well illustrated in Hurriyet Daily New’s sunday interview with the journalist Sedat Ergin. Reading the interview you get the impression that the real problem in Turkey today is that Gülen has loyal people within the police force. This is vividly discussed and elaborated.

And the elephant in the room?

Over 500 police officers have been sacked without good reasons, ministers are being accused of corruption, one of them implicating Erdogan as the ringleader after being fired, Erdogans son are among other businessmen close to the government involved in a second, bigger probe, which the government directly intervened in to stop. I repeat: the government is directly intervening in the judicary system!

Naturally, neither Sedat Ergin nor the interviewing journalist Barçın Yinanç is to be blamed here. But the interview makes a qoute by Noam Chomsky come to mind

The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum…