Murdoch media help Erdogan, smearing British Labour leader as ‘terrorist’

This video from the Young Turks in the USA says about itself:

Turkish Army Van Drags Kurdish Man To Death

8 October 2015

Video surfaced of authorities in Turkey dragging the corpse of a Kurdish man with an armored vehicle. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian (The Point), hosts of the The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

The Turkish government has entered damage control mode after the release this weekend of images that appear to show authorities dragging the body of a dead Kurdish man by the neck behind an armored vehicle.

The disturbing images have garnered coverage in top international news outlets. And the Turkish government‘s response has been nearly as disquieting as the images themselves.

Pro-government media in the country initially questioned the authenticity of the images and video, which have spread widely on social media in recent days. But many media sources eventually abandoned that line of argument, instead suggesting that dragging Kurdish people through the street is an acceptable way of making sure there are no bombs on the bodies — implying that handling corpses in such a way is justified at a time when the government has renewed hostilities with the armed, outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).”

Read more here.

By Steve Sweeney in Britain:

Turkey: Activists dismiss bid to link Corbyn to PKK ‘terrorism’

Tuesday 20th December 2016

CAMPAIGNERS hit out yesterday at “shameful” attempts to link Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with support for terrorism following the Besiktas bombings in Turkey.

The claims were made in a Times [owned by Rupert Murdoch] article over the weekend which said Mr Corbyn’s support for the British-based Peace in Kurdistan campaign amounted to support for the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) — deemed a terrorist organisation by Britain, the US and EU.

The article said that Peace in Kurdistan backs delisting the PKK as a terrorist organisation and cited its support for the Freedom for Abdullah Ocalan campaign. It also linked the group to the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons, a splinter organisation that claimed responsibility for the bombings on December 10 which killed 46 people and injured 166.

But the campaign — established in 1994 by a group of people including playwright Harold Pinter, actor Julie Christie and Lord Avebury — has long campaigned for a peaceful solution to the Kurdish question in Turkey and elsewhere.

A Peace in Kurdistan spokeswoman was not surprised by the attacks: “This is typical of those who wish to delegitimise and undermine voices of opposition to an increasingly dictatorial regime in Turkey.

“This is a serious issue. Voices of dissent are being silenced across Turkey with opposition MPs thrown in prison, newspapers and TV stations being closed down and a third of the world’s jailed journalists in Turkish prisons.

False links to terrorism are a common tactic to try to delegitimise opposition. In Turkey many are accused of support for PKK or the Fethullah terrorist organisation, often both. It is a shame the Times is joining in and acting as Erdogan’s mouthpiece.”

A spokesman for Mr Corbyn said: “Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party support a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Turkey and Jeremy is glad to work with those who share that goal.”

16 thoughts on “Murdoch media help Erdogan, smearing British Labour leader as ‘terrorist’

  1. Wednesday 21st December 2016

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

    ED MILIBAND urged the government yesterday to fight Rupert Murdoch’s bid to gain full control of Sky.

    The former Labour leader said Mr Murdoch’s latest bid must be wrong when judged by the same standards as his previous attempt to take over Sky, which was derailed amid the fallout from the phone-hacking scandal.

    He accused the media mogul and his family of “learning nothing” from the scandal and “thinking that they can get away with everything” in an urgent question on the issue in the Commons.

    Culture Secretary Karen Bradley told MPs she would have 10 days to refer the bid to Ofcom once she had formal notification, which she has not yet received.

    But Mr Miliband said it would be “totally and utterly unacceptable” were the deal to be approved over the parliamentary recess, with MPs not due to return until January 9.

    “If it was wrong for the Murdochs to own 100 per cent of Sky in 2011 and 2012, it is wrong today,” Mr Miliband said.

    He reminded the Commons that back in 2011, MPs unanimously urged the withdrawal of the bid for Sky, and in 2012 Ofcom had published “a damning assessment of James Murdoch’s behaviour in the running of News International.

    “In even launching this bid for 100 per cent of Sky, the Murdochs are seeking to turn the judgement of this House, the regulator and indeed the country on its head.

    “Today, James Murdoch is back as chairman of Sky and chief executive of 21st Century Fox. This bid shows the Murdochs have learned nothing and think they can get away with anything.”

    Ms Bradley said: “Unless and until a formal notification is made to the relevant competition authority, I will not be taking any decisions in relation to the bid.”


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