Turkish President Recep Erdogan is very angry. He has increasingly gained more and more power in the Turkish government and has reached the point where any, and I mean, any, criticism of what he does is an act of terrorism against his rule. He did begin years ago as a reformer seeking to end power of the Turkish military to overthrow governments, and he successfully has gained control of those men. But, something happened along the road toward creating a Turkish democracy. Power, Power, is now the only issue in his mind. An editorial in The New York Times which was critical of his policies toward journalists has sent Erdogan on a furious denial campaign. The Times said: “Mr. Erdogan appears increasingly hostile to truth telling.” Gee, those are fighting words. Erdogan responded: “Who are you? Can you write such a thing against the United States administration?”
The answer is: YES. At this moment in time the nation of Turkey is holding dozens of journalists in jail for writing what the New York Times writes every day. In a democracy, the government does not decide what is “truth telling.