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In a recent speech, the Turkish prime minister accused columnists who questioned the government’s role in the downed fighter-jet affair of being “reckless" and not real “children of the country.” Ozgur Mumcu writes that insulting journalists and accusing them of being compromised is unfitting for a democratic leader.Publisher: Radikal (Turkey)
Why is Erdogan Insulting the Media?
Author: Ozgur Mumcu
Published on: Thursday, Jun 28, 2012
Translated On: Monday, Jul 2, 2012
Translator: Ceren Kenar
If the prime minister had made the radar records public after the incident, nobody would have claimed that the jet was shot down over Syrian airspace. In any case, even those who wrote about this issue from this perspective always prefaced their articles with the disclaimer: “If the Syrian claims are true...”
The Assad regime is brutal and heinous, and many reasonable people have a common desire to see it fall. If you accuse those who have different views on how this should take place, or on what Turkey’s role in this process should be, as having been "bought out," then how can we discuss the issue, Mr. Prime Minister?
This country’s public opinion is not limited to that which supports your party.
“The prime minister, or any minister assigned by the prime minister, can impose a temporary ban on broadcasting in circumstances that endanger national security or public order.”
Senior Pentagon Official: 'Turkish plane hit by shore-based antiaircraft guns while it was inside Syrian airspace'
"U.S. intelligence indicates that a Turkish warplane shot down by Syrian forces was most likely hit by shore-based antiaircraft guns while it was inside Syrian airspace, American officials said, a finding in tune with Syria's account and at odds with Turkey. The Turkish government, which moved tanks to the Syrian border after the June 22 incident, says the debris fell in Syrian waters, but maintains its fighter was shot down in international airspace....Damascus has said it shot down the plane with an antiaircraft battery with an effective range of about 1.5 miles.
"We see no indication that it was shot down by a surface-to-air missile" as Turkey says, said a senior defense official.....A Turkish official said he wasn't aware of the American doubts, and reiterated the government's position that a Syrian missile downed the plane in international airspace.... The use of antiaircraft fire would suggest the Turkish plane was flying low to the ground, and slowly, U.S. officials said—though Syria said the jet was traveling at 480 miles an hour.If hit by antiaircraft fire, the jet likely came closer to the Syrian shoreline than Turkey says, U.S. officials said...."
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