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Landscape with the rise of fake news: Turkey’s election panorama

Turkey’s presidential and parliamentary elections will take place on June 24, 2018. As the election day nears, false images take hold of the popular venues of discussion. Even though the spread of false news during pre-election periods is nothing new and certainly not peculiar to Turkey, the problem of disinformation stands bigger of a problem in the perspective of this election cycle due to the timing of the election and the sources of said disinformation.

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Image taken from the Russian presidential press-service. Licensed for re-use.

Ahead of Turkey’s snap elections, Erdoğan faces 3 main challenges

Kemal Kirişci and Ömer Taşpınar discuss the factors that could determine the outcome of a crucial Sunday election in Turkey that stands to either temper Erdogan’s ambitions or further consolidate his authoritarian rule.

I am standing against Erdoğan – from prison cell | Selahattin Demirtaş

I was arrested 20 months ago. But in tomorrow’s presidential election I represent all Turks who believe in democracy

Inside stories: Turkey’s grim tradition of publishing behind bars

Former HDP leader Selahattin Demirtaş has published a short story collection, written while in jail awaiting trial – just the latest example of a writer clashing with Turkey’s government

At the Istanbul book fair last November, there was a signing for the politician Selahattin Demirtaş’s short story collection Seher (Dawn). Demirtaş, former leader of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP), has been in pre-trial detention since November 2016, and 20 authors stepped in for him as an act of solidarity. It lasted more than six hours as hundreds queued to get their copies signed.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the front-runner going into elections Sunday, but an economic downturn, rising prices and agricultural problems make him vulnerable.
Here are the five opposition candidates running against Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the race for the Turkish presidency.

Just election in Turkey not possible, says imprisoned Kurdish candidate

From prison cell in Edirne, Selahattin Demirtaş urges citizens to vote against one-man rule by Erdoğan

Dressed in a suit and burgundy tie, Selahattin Demirtaş addressed his supporters through Turkey’s state-run TV. He urged citizens to vote against one-man rule by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his ruling party, the AKP, whom he described as bullies.

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