April 2018

The Guardian article contains factual mistakes regarding Turkey's presidential system

2018-04-20 12:23 BST
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On 18 April 2018, The Guardian published an article about the snap elections in Turkey that will be held on 24 June 2018. However, the article contains factual mistakes regarding Turkey’s new presidential system which will start to be implemented after the upcoming elections.

Claim: The president has a greater say in appointing judges to the highest judicial board in the country

Top 5 false claims about presidential system in Turkey

2018-04-20 10:32 BST
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Turkish people went to the ballot boxes on 16 April 2017 and voted in favor of moving to a presidential system. Most media outlets, however, often present the content of the constitutional change that introduced a presidential system inaccurately. Here we have gathered top five false claims together.

1)      Claim: “The president will dissolve the parliament”

This is probably the most widespread false claim. However, in fact the president can already dissolve the parliament at the moment whereas the bill foresees the cancellation of this prerogative.

Motivations of Turkey’s Afrin Operation

2018-04-18 08:58 BST
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Turkey launched the Operation Olive Branch together with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) on 20 January 2018 in Syria’s Afrin region in order to ensure its border security and eradicate the YPG. There are Kurdish groups affliated with the FSA such as the Kurdish Hawks Brigade and Mashaal Tammo Brigade and they participated in the Olive Branch Operation.

Claim: Turkey helped the rise of DAESH in the first place

2018-04-15 06:56 BST
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On 12 April 2018, Foreign Policy published an article titled “Turkey’s Double ISIS Standard,” written by Ahmet Sait Yayla and Colin P. Clarke. However, the article includes numerous factual mistakes and inconsistencies regarding Turkey’s policy against DAESH.

Claim: “Turkey helped DAESH rising in the first place”

Claim: Turkey does nothing against DAESH and allows selling of Yazidi women in Turkey

2018-04-15 10:34 BST
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On 8 April 2018, an article written by Uzay Bulut was published on Gatestone Institute. The article alleges that Turkey is assisting DAESH and does nothing to protect the Yazidis. The article reads “Ankara does nothing to prevent ISIS (DAESH) from selling Yazidi women and children in Turkey.”

Inconsistencies in Patrick Cockburn’s article on Turkey’s Afrin operation

2018-04-13 03:39 BST
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On 5 April 2018, an article written by Patrick Cockburn was published in London Review of Books. In the article, the author criticizes Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch against the YPG in the Afrin region of Syria. However, the article includes several inconsistencies and factual mistakes.