Turkish groups react to 'biased' German press coverage

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Negative media coverage of Turkish PM Erdoğan after Soma mining disaster criticized by Turks in Germany

Negative media coverage of Turkish PM Erdoğan after Soma mining disaster criticized by Turks in Germany

BERLIN – Leading representatives of Turkish civil societies in Germany have reacted to German media coverage criticizing Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan's handling of the Soma mine disaster.

Erdogan was due to arrive in Germany last week to give support to Turkish-German citizens ahead of Turkey's presidential elections in August, but he postponed his visit after the 13 May mining disaster in which 301 people died.

Suleyman Celik, Chairman of the Union of European Turkish Democrats, said on Wednesday the German press had begun publishing "slanderous" and "groundless" news stories about Turkey a week before Erdogan’s visit to Cologne.

- 'No journalistic principles'

Celik said: "Both we, and Turkey, do not deserve this.

"The German press is trying to discredit the government, but there are millions of people [in Turkey] applauding it."

Turkish Islamic Union in Europe Chairman Ihsan Oner said: "German media reports on Turkey and Muslims always evaluate and present the news negatively towards Turkey."

He added that German media did not follow journalistic or ethical principles.

“Problems cannot be solved by lies and slander campaigns,” said Veli Karakaya, Berlin Director of the Independent Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association.

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