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Foreign Journalists Called Conspirators in Turkish Protests

Journalists working for foreign news agencies in Turkey are accused of being global conspirators to foment mass protests in accusations sometimes laced with anti-Semitism.
An anti-government protester waves a Turkish flag in front of riot police during a demonstration at Taksim square in central Istanbul June 25, 2013. Turkish anti-terrorism police detained 20 people in raids in the capital Ankara on Tuesday in connection with weeks of anti-government protests across the country, media reports said. The unrest began at the end of May when police used force against campaigners opposed to plans to redevelop a central Istanbul park. The protest spiralled into broader demonstrati

“Journalist at BBC. Theater enthusiast. Rock music fan.” This is how Selin Girit, a respected Turkish reporter for the BBC, describes herself on her Twitter profile. But the Turkish authorities have labeled Girit a “foreign agent” and a “traitor to her country” in line with a new and chilling campaign against foreign journalists covering the mass anti-government protests that have been rocking Turkey.

The accusations against Girit were first leveled by Ankara’s longtime mayor, Ibrahim Melih Gokcek. On June 23, Gokcek, a member of the ruling Islam-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP), shared a series of inflammatory messages targeting the journalist with his 700,000+ Twitter followers.

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