ErdoIan files criminal complaint against chief editor on charges of being Twitter whistleblower

A leading Turkish retailer said on Thursday that it is going to sue the editor of a pro-government daily over what it called an andquotopen attack and slanderandquot against the company.
Turkeyand’s Boyner Holding on Wednesday joined a long list of business groups that have been publicly singled out and targeted by pro-government journalists and other members of the media. The Sabah dailyand’s news coordinator iaban Arslan accused Boyner Holding executives of and”emptyingand” the bank accounts of Boynerand’s affiliated companies, a move which he says requires the appointment of trustees to the holding. and”Will trustees be appointed to Boyner Holding? They emptied [the accounts] of the [affiliated] companiesandhellip Did they empty them while acting as a provocateur during the Gezi [Park protests]?and” Arslan tweeted late on Wednesday.
andquotWe are going to initiate legal proceedings against this attack,andquot the Boyner Groupand’s official Twitter account read on Thursday.
Some Boyner officials explicitly supported the anti-government Gezi Park protests of 2013 via Twitter posts. Boyner Holding Chief Executive Officer Cem Boyner personally joined the protests. Arslanand’s tweets came only hours after a controversial court that has been accused of being linked to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) decided on Wednesday to place the countryand’s largest publisher, along with a number of its subsidiaries, in receivership, a ruling that is widely seen as part of a series of crackdowns on government critics.
Boyner Holding came to public attention when Twitter whistleblower Fuat Avni mentioned the holding not long ago among business groups that he said would be targeted in a crackdown designed by the AK Party and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The anonymous Twitter user whose goes by the pseudonym Fuat Avni has a long and credible track record of predicting political developments. Fuat Avni claimed in a series of tweets on Aug. 25 that dissident journalists will be silenced, dissident media outlets will be confiscated and that leading businesspeople and companies will be targeted in operations to be conducted in the near future.
According to Fuat Avni, the planned crackdown will include the Eczacibaii, Boyner and Koandc business groups as well as several businessmen, and the operations will seek not only to silence the media outlets owned by these businessmen but also to confiscate their assets.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN

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