EMRE – A fake play: The child soldier issue in the PKK

A fake play: The child soldier issue in the PKKIn the last 10 days, a few Kurdish families have been protesting for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) to return their underage children. When the families launched the protest, no government media paid attention to them However, all of a sudden, as though someone had told the pro-Justice and Development Party (AKP) media to run headline stories, they started publishing stories about the “PKK’s child abductions.

”It is obvious that the pro-AKP coverage of the protests is a planned media campaign. If the pro-AKP media and the mainstream media did not receive the green light, or even encouragement, to cover those families’ protests, they would not even have looked at the parents.

It is obvious that the pro-AKP media headline stories have nothing to do with their journalistic preferences and that the coverage is not related to the PKK’s child soldiers. Unless they received the green light from the government — it is even likely that they may have received the OK from the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) — they would not run such stories because they don’t care about the PKK’s child soldiers.

I know this for a fact because I was one of the first journalists who brought this issue up for public debate two years ago and I did not see a single piece in the pro-AKP media devoted to this issue. In fact, the opposite was true.

When I raised the child soldier issue, many pro-AKP journalists criticized me for harming the peace process.Those of you who follow this column may remember me writing the following back in 2012: “One wonders why the Turkish government doesn’t highlight the PKK’s use of child soldiers to the international community.

It seems that the Turkish state has found itself comfortable since the PKK was recognized as a terror organization by the EU and the US, however, bringing the PKK’s use of child soldiers before an international judicial process would limit PKK leaders’ movements around the world. If an international court found the PKK and its leaders guilty of a crime against humanity and the use of child soldiers, it would certainly limit the PKK’s activities in Europe.

” (“Child soldiers in PKK,” April 29, 2012)On Sept. 26, 2012, I outlined “The untold tragedies of PKK parents” and said: “The Kurdish question is one of the most discussed issues in Turkish politics.

However, there are still many sub-issues directly related to the question that have not even been discussed yet. One of them is the issue of child soldiers of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the second is relations between parents and their children who are PKK members.

This is one of the most problematic issues, in which the parents who lost their underage children to the PKK want to take their children back but are unable to do so because their children don’t want to return home. This is because the PKK does not allow them to go back or see their parents when they take them to PKK camps.

”The question that I want to ask now is what has happened for the Turkish media to raise this issue all of a sudden? Is it because they care about the PKK’s child soldiers? Or is it because someone told them to do so?I think the answer is the second. Perhaps because someone told media outlets to cover the dramas of PKK parents and that is why they are doing so.

Then the question a curious journalist must ask is the following: What is the reason behind the pro-AKP media’s sudden attention on PKK child soldiers?Here I have no clue about the details of the plan but I could speculate on a few things as an educated guess.The first is perhaps because the AKP government was facing problems as a result of the PKK’s decision to organize public protests, such as blocking intercity highways for a week.

In order to counter the PKK’s public demonstration, the government brought the PKK child soldiers issue under the spotlight to push the PKK into a cornerIf this is the case, it is likely that the PKK and the government would find a happy medium to end both protests.Second, it is likely that either PKK leader Abdullah calan or Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoIan needs to be presented as someone who is a problem solver They set this stage using the PKK child soldiers issue and will solve this “problem” to polish the image of the leader and present him as a problem solver.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman

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