Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Aykut Erdoğdu on Sunday said President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had gathered media bosses and ordered them not to cover CHP Chairman Kılıçdaroğlu’s “March of Justice,” which he kicked off from Turkey’s capital of Ankara to İstanbul in protest of the arrest of CHP deputy Enis Berberoğlu on Wednesday.
“Erdoğan called together the heads of all newspapers, especially Aydın Doğan, and ordered them not to cover the March of Justice. He considers the march to be supportive of terrorism because he’s afraid. The call for justice coming out of the roads of Anatolia is shaking the palace,” Erdoğdu wrote in a social media message.
Speaking during a meeting of the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM) on Saturday, Erdoğan said: “Holding ‘Justice’ placards in one’s hands doesn’t bring justice. Inviting people into the streets is for the interest of no one. If he [Kılıçdaroğlu] thinks they will find justice in this, he is wrong. Parliament is the place to seek justice. Don’t be surprised if the judiciary invites you [to testify] tomorrow.”
Berberoğlu was arrested last week immediately after he was handed down a prison sentence of 25 years for leaking information for a report on National Intelligence Organization (MİT) trucks transporting weapons to jihadists in Syria.
Turkey is ranked 155th among 180 countries in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on April 26.