Turkish PM blasts press monitors

Turkish Premier Erdogan lambasted international press institutions' critics on Turkey saying their sources were lame.

Turkish PM blasts press monitors

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan referred to the criticism of some international press institutions about Turkey and said, "Their sources are too lame. We make our own decisions, do not leave them to do it."

During his speech at his party's parliamentary group meeting, on Wednesday, Erdogan said, "Some international press institutions hold their own assessments, criticisms. ..again, with all their reports, assessments, preparations they dare to say developments in Turkey are negative. Because their news sources are lame. They come up to those points because their sources are flimsy. We make our own decisions, do not leave them to do it."

The prime minister was implicitly referring to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), which late in 2012 released a report on press freedom in Turkey, and the Human Rights Watch (HRW), which recently criticized Turkey over “the arbitrary and abusive use of anti-terrorism laws” and prolonged pre-trial detentions.

Furthermore, Erdogan touched on his official visit to Qatar and mentioned, he held beneficial talks with Amir of Qatar Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jasim bin Jabir Al Thani.

Erdogan said, they discussed the energy policies especially in the scope of diversifying the sources.

 

 

Last Mod: 30 Ocak 2013, 14:59
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