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Response to Daily Mail's coverage of the Riots in Turkey

As the Turkish-English Journalists Association, we condemn the recent depiction of the protests taking place in Turkey by Daily Mail.  The Daily Mail printed pictures not from the Turkish riots, but from the Chilean and Greek riots a couple of years ago, and their malicious intent in printing these as if they are from the Turkish riots are visible from the fact that they blurred out the Spanish word ‘Policie’ behind the officer’s backs and headlined it as ‘stray dogs were affected by the chaos in Istanbul’ and ‘Turkish Police was spraying stray dogs with tear gas and pepper spray alongside with the protestors”. 

It is clear that these pictures don’t belong to the Turkish riots as one of the officers in the pictures is of African origin and in another image the protestors are wearing winter clothes, whereas it has been almost 30 degrees Celsius during the past week of protests in Turkey. 

Although the international press has done a great deal of raising awareness about the Occupy Gezi movement in Turkey unlike the Turkish press, which did not broadcast anything about the riots due to strict orders from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, it is of crucial importance that the news are broadcasted in a pure and true form, not manipulated like Daily Mail’s version, in order to ensure that correct information is being passed on. 

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