Misleading: Turkey’s president lifts lawmakers’ immunity

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Misleading: Turkey’s president lifts lawmakers’ immunity

2016-06-10 08:05 BST
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Associated Press claims Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lifted lawmakers’ immunity

The Grand National Assembly of Turkey

The Associated Press published a news story on 7 June 2016 about the approval of the amendment to the Turkish constitution to strip lawmakers of their immunity.  The title of the news story reads “Turkey’s President lifts Lawmakers’ Immunity”.1

The title gives the impression that the president lifted the lawmakers’ immunity, which is not the case for only the members of the parliament are able to pass legislations. The president is in the position  either to approve or veto the legislations.  Although the story explains that the president actually approved the amendment, the title remains misleading.