An all-out government disinformation against Boğaziçi protesters starts

A Twitter user realized that Fahrettin Altun, head of the presidential communications office, relies on bots. Not surprising.

From media outlets to social media accounts, from Erdoğan’s speeches to bureaucratic authorities’ statements, many academics (mostly women) are targeted, students criminalized… Yes, Soros is mentioned, too:

 


Despite the darkness and cruelty, there is always someone who keeps the flame of hope alive. A professor, who did not leave the courthouse until all of his students was released. Boğaziçi-Turkey

 

After the minister of interior, Bahçeli becomes the second senior politician whose tweets about the Boğaziçi University protests are restricted by Twitter.

Escalating protests over the appointment of a state-approved rector at a prestigious Istanbul university have become an unexpected catalyst for Turkey’s disillusioned and underemployed youth to vent their frustrations at President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government.

Protests at İstanbul’s Boğaziçi University and other parts of the country continue.
“I said, ‘You cannot struggle against the mafia with a judiciary which has surrendered to the mafia.’ This investigation is the very proof of what I said,” says Independent MP Ahmet Şık about the recent investigation launched against him.

Turkish riot police use plastic bullets against protesters in solidarity with the Bogazici University demonstrations in Istanbul, February 2, 2021. Photo: Tolga Bozoglu / EPA

 

Turkey: IPI strongly condemns police attacks on journalists covering university protests

Several journalists were directly targeted, teargassed by police while covering mass demonstrations

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