Qa-12, 13 March 2017, Statement Of The Spokesperson Of The Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Hüseyin Müftüoğlu, In Response To A Question Regarding A Publication Of Blick Newspaper In Switzerland , 13.03.2017
We strongly condemn the news that was published today (13 March) in Blick
newspaper in Switzerland which contains expressions full of defamation to
our President, and misleading information about the referendum on the
Constitutional amendments to be held on 16th of April, 2017. We do not
accept these accusations and allegations.
Adopting such a biased and prejudiced attitude regarding the referendum
which will be held through a democratic and transparent process, calling
our citizens to vote in a defined way as well as using defamatory words
against a President elected by a large popular support, are compatible
neither with the press freedom nor journalism.
At a time when the export of the internal political developments and
discussions in Turkey has been criticized making a propaganda targeting our
citizens living abroad cannot be considered as an attempt done in good
faith. Ostensibly the persons who are expressing these allegations do not
have enough information about Turkey and the referendum process and are
under the influence of circles who have hostile attitude towards Turkey.
We call upon the editors and the journalists of Blick newspaper to respect
the rule of impartial publishing and upheld the ethics of journalism while
preparing news about our country. We also expect that appropriate steps are
taken to remedy the disrespectful attitude towards our President. Impartial
journalism necessitates this.