Chomsky says Turkish media takeover is a ’disgrace’

Worldand’s famous linguist and activist Noam Chomsky has said a takeover by Turkish authorities five critical media outlets ahead of key parliamentary elections is a andquotdisgrace,andquot criticizing the Turkish government for authoritarian proclivities.
andquotThatandrsquos a disgrace,andquot Chomsky said in a written statement to protest the pre-election crackdown on media outlets critical of the government. Turkish riot police stormed headquarters of two TV channels, two newspapers and a radio channels on Tuesday, effectively halting the publication of newspapers and cutting off the broadcast of TV channels.
The TV stations had been a major platform for opposition candidates to voice their criticisms against the government. The EU and the US denounced the media takeover while rights bodies, including Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Freedom House, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and Amnesty International condemned the move. Freedom House characterized the takeover as an act of censorship that undermines fairness of the Nov. 1 elections.
Chomsky described the seizure of five outspoken media outlets as and”another ugly sign of deplorable authoritarian tendencies.and”
New management of the media outlets said the newspapers will be published on Friday without columnists. Web-site of the Bugun daily started covering Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a favorable way, a sign that it will become another government mouthpiece.
Chomsky characterized the pre-election crackdown, including the seizure of a major media group, as and”very ominous developments.and”

SOURCE: TODAYS ZAMAN