Editor of Flemish Gülen inspired newspaper threatened

The press officer of the Turkish embassy has personally threatened Mete Öztürk, editor of the Gülen inspired newspaper Zaman Vandaag (Zaman Today), two hours after the coup and said that the Turkish people in Belgium should take steps against Zaman journalists.

At the Flemish televison channel VRT affairs program Terzake, Zaman Today editor Mete Öztürk told how he and his journalists were threatened.

The attempted coup of Friday – which Erdogan considers Gülen to be his rival and the responsible in charge. This incrimination brought several Turks living in Belgium on the streets to attack mosques and cultural centres of the Gülen movement.

For days Erdogan supporters created amok in Beringen, where a community of Gülen supporters were harassed and the police had to intervene massively.

Mete Öztürk, editor of the gülenist inspired newspaper Zaman Today of which the motherjournal Zaman in the spring was placed under state supervision, denounces that people of Turkish origin are mobilized here from Turkey.

“If you look at the media in Turkey, which are all controlled by the government and all tell the same story that Gülenists are behind the coup attempt.”

“Hate messages are constantly fed not only by the media but also a number of umbrella organizations in Belgium which here convey the agenda of the AKP (Erdogan’s party, ed.),”

Says Öztürk.

According to him, the journalist received already more than a hundred threats, including from the press attaché of the Turkish Embassy.

“They threatened me personally two hours after the coup and said that the Turkish people here should take steps against Zaman journalists. That’s unbelievable.”

That brings the Turkish embassy again in dire straits after the Turkish ambassador had criticized the Flemish Government for questionable ties to the Gülen movement Flemish Minister Geert Bourgeois (N-VA) responded incensed and a few days later got apologies from the Turkish ambassador which he accepted.

But Turkey is not only attacking critical journalists in other countries, in the own country they go for the judiciary, courts, the police, the military, even educationalists. AEducation ministry officials, private school teachers and university heads of faculty together account for more than half the people targeted in the crackdown.

On Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a state of emergency for three months following the coup and consolidates his power on a scale largely unprecedented since Turkey’s first democratic elections in 1946.

The state of emergency, ideal for him to get rid of all who is standing in his way, allows the president and cabinet to bypass parliament when drafting new laws and to restrict or suspend rights and freedoms.

The move has drawn criticism from leaders in France and Germany, as well as from top EU officials. Clearly Turkey is braking the laws of human justice and showing to Europe it is a sort of country Europe can miss as toothache.



Zaman Vandaag-hoofdredacteur Öztürk: “Bedreigd door persattaché Turkse ambassade”


Preceding articles

Bosphorus bloodshed

Belgian aftershock from the Turkish coup d’état


Further reading

  1. Can you really pull off a coup d’état these days?
  2. Jubilant Erdogan supporters celebrate coup failure
  3. Erdogan might emerge stronger from coup crisis
  4. Media Psyops from Iraq’s WMD’s to the Turkey Coup Attempt
  5. Turkey Coup – Erdogan vs Gulen; A WWIII
  6. #TurkeycoupTurkey’s President, Erdogan, declares state of emergency
  7. Turkey’s Coup Signals A Generational Shift to Islamism
  8. Turkey Failed Coup: Erdogan, the Gulenists & An Age of ‘Universal Deceit’…
  9. Turkey has suspended the EU HRC Human Rights Convention following military coup attempt
  10. The Beautiful Pocono Mountains and the Beloved of Allah
  11. ‘Nothing to see here, we’re all fine’ says overly cheerful Turkish government
  12. Turkey Between Two Fascisms
  13. A Turkey of a Coup, by Dmitry Orlov
  14. Turkey: U.S. Could Extradite Accused Cleric ‘In a Short Period’
  15. Anti-coup charade in Turkey: Erdogan cracks the whip
  16. A thought for Turkey
  17. Turkey – Murky History but Clear Future (1/2)
  18. Turkey Failed Coup: Erdogan, the Gulenists & An Age of ‘Universal Deceit’…

About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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4 Responses to Editor of Flemish Gülen inspired newspaper threatened

  1. Hi Mr. Marcus,

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  2. Samantha says:

    Nicely written, Marcus. I remember reading about the coup in the papers, where the attacking party claimed it had been a success and Erdogan stated it hadn’t.
    It’s a crazy world we live in today :s


  3. Pingback: In the aftermath of the failed coup – Some View on the World

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