January 14, 2015 | Cited by Jamie Dettmer - VOA News

Turkey Targets Social Media Over Arms Scandal Leaks


In a recent study the Washington-based think tank, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, claimed “Southeastern Turkey has now become a jurisdiction for terrorism finance, weapons smuggling, illegal oil sales, and the flow of fighters to Syria. This pipeline serves the interest of several terrorist organizations, including Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State.”

One of the authors of the report, Jonathan Schanzer, says it is “unclear whether Ankara is explicitly assisting these groups, or whether JN and IS are merely exploiting Turkey’s lax border policies.” But he says, “This latest incident is part of a longer pattern of the AKP government’s efforts to spike important news stories in Turkey. There is a reason press freedom rankings in Turkey continue to plummet. More importantly, these and other stories raise troubling questions about the reckless policies of the Turkish government.”

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