Fired journalist says Turkey shifting away from democracy

Turkey is more democratic than China or Iran but with the latest developments it is moving away from being a true democratic country, the former Rome bureau chief of the pro-government Sabah daily, Yasemin Taşkın, told the Italian daily La Repubblica on Thursday.

Taşkın was fired from her position over the weekend due to an interview conducted by her husband Marco Ansaldo with Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen for the Italian daily.

Confirming that she was fired the day her husband’s interview was published, on March 28, Taşkın expressed her worries about Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s possible candidacy in the presidential elections in August. Taşkın said Turkey will pay a price if Prime Minister Erdoğan continues his polarizing rhetoric.

A similar incident happened in 1998 after Ansaldo interviewed terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Öcalan, who was in exile in Rome at the time of the interview. After her husband published the interview, Taşkın was fired from her job with the state-run Anadolu news agency.

Veteran journalist Yavuz Baydar, who was also fired from Sabah in mid-2013 due to his columns related to the Gezi Park protests and media-government relations, announced on his Twitter account on Sunday that Taşkın was “suddenly sacked from her position” at Sabah after her husband’s interview with Gülen was published in the Italian daily.

Source : (Today’s Zaman)

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