Police intrusion into critical media outlet denounced as despotism

The intrusion of the police into the headquarters of critical media outlets as part of a government operation to illegally appoint partisan trustees to take over their management has been denounced as despotism.
and”This is blatant tyranny. [Those responsible] will absolutely be called to account for this illegality,and” Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) parliamentary group deputy chairman Oktay Vural has said.
In remarks on Bugandun TV during a live broadcast in which Tarik Toros, the chief editor of Bugandun, conducted over a mobile phone, Vural added, and”I see how the freedom of the people is being threatened by a despotic state mentality.and”
Early on Wednesday, the police, backed by a controversial court order, ushered a new board of trustees into the Istanbul headquarters of the Bugandun and Kanaltandurk TV channels to illegally take over the management of the media outlets.
Describing the government move to silence the critical media outlets as unconstitutional, Vural said over the phone, and”This is an attack on all media as well as being against property rights.and”
Arguing that the interim Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government aims to convert critical media outlets into government mouthpieces, Vural said, and”Those who are doing this are those who are afraid of democracy.and”
The Ankara 5th Criminal Court of Peace on Monday ruled that trustees be appointed to replace the existing boards of directors of Koza ipek Holding and its companies, of which Bugandun and Kanaltandurk are also a part, based on a demand by the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutorand’s Office.
Likening the AK Party government to the Tower of Babel, Vural added, and”I believe with all my heart that the Tower of Babel will collapse on Nov. 1.and”
That date — Sunday — is when Turkey will go to the polls for a snap general election.
The appointment of partisan trustees ahead of the election has been blasted by opposition parties and groups as an effort to silence critical media outlets.
Noting that relatives of some AK Party members are among the trustees appointed by the court, Vural said, in a call to the judge who determined the trustees: and”Where did you get these names? Were they delivered to you from the [presidential] palace? Were you unable to find anybody else [to appoint as trustees]?and”
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who headed three successive AK Party governments for more than 11 years before being elected president in August 2014, is known for his intolerance of critical media.
Selahattin Demirtai, leader of the pro-Kurdish Peoplesand’ Democratic Party (HDP), has blasted the most recent government operation as an unacceptable move bordering on tyranny.
Underlining that freedom of expression and freedom of the press are the foundation of all freedoms, Demirtai said during a meeting in Istanbul, and”When freedom of thought is violated, you canand’t protect other rights.and”
This is a seizure of a media outlet by force under the guise of [appointing] trustees, added Demirtai.
The HDP co-chair also said he is not surprised by the move given that the AK Party government is known for blatantly violating the law to get its way.
Haluk Koandc, spokesperson of the main opposition Republican Peopleand’s Party (CHP), likened the operation against the critical media outlets to piracy, noting that rule of law is being trampled on.
In remarks to Bugandun TV by mobile phone, he said, and”We are witnessing the destruction of democracy.and” Warning that those who take illegal steps will one day be called to account before the law, Koandc added, and”If a state is resorting to piracy, [then] there is no security of life and property in that country.and”

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN