A Turkish TV presenter was fired after the ruling Justice and Development
Party’s spokesman criticized her for wearing a revealing dress.
spokesman Huseyin Celik criticized Gözde Kansu’s outfit, saying “We don’t
intervene against anyone, but this is too much. It is unacceptable,” the
Hurriyet Daily News reported on Tuesday.
Since the Islamist AKP came to
power in the general elections in 2002, it has been working to slowly Islamize
Turkey. But now that the party is more firmly in power, it has become more
aggressive in enforcing its views on the public.
And since the outbreak
of protests that erupted in Istanbul’s Gezi Park this past summer, Turkish Prime
Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been taking increasingly autocratic actions.
The protests were sparked by a plan to destroy the park in order to build a
shopping mall and the reconstruction of an Ottoman era Taksim Military
A new law reportedly in the works would allow the police to
detain for up to 24 hours – without the request of a prosecutor or judge – those
suspected to be at “risk of conducting a protest,” the Turkish paper said on
Groups that “tend to hold protests” would be monitored and a
judge would have the power to extend an arrest for an additional day. Penalties
for resisting the police or damaging public property would be
The opposition criticized these plans.
Last week, a
prosecutor in Istanbul requested the imprisonment of writer Emrah Serbes for
from 10 months to 12 years for insulting Erdogan.
The writer made a joke
on TV by changing Erdogan’s middle name from “Tayyip,” to “Tazyik,” which means
“pressurized water in reference to the police’s excessive use of water cannons
and tear gas against protesters,” according to the paper.
Erdogan is a
mix between Russian President Vladimir Putin and an Ottoman sultan, wrote
Michael Rubin – a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a former
Pentagon official, who has been closely following the transformation in Turkey
under the AKP – on the Commentary blog on Monday.
Borders criticized Turkey back in December 2012 for being the “world’s biggest
prison” for journalists, claiming that it had jailed more journalists than
China, Eritrea, Iran or Syria.
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