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6 massacres, 531 deaths, 0 resignations and always a press blackout: Who’s the murderer?

The imposition of a press blackout following the 10 October massacre in Ankara has drawn attention to the government’s method of dealing with past massacres. In the wake of previous massacres, no AKP officials responsible resigned, yet they always imposed a press blackout


On 28 December 2011, 34 poor villagers died in the Roboski Massacre in Uludere, Şırnak. In response, then-PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan expressed his gratitude to the Turkish Armed Forces and the Turkish Air Force. None of those politically responsible for the massacre resigned — although they did enact a ban on reporting on the events.

Some 54 people died on 11 May 2013 in Reyhanlı, a Turkish district on the border with Syria that had been under the threat of jihadists. Again, no one resigned, but the government did impose a ban on reporting the incident.

On May 13 2014, 301 miners died in the Soma Massacre. As before, no one resigned, but the public was denied the right to news about the massacre.

Four Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) supporters were killed on 5 June 2015, while 400 more were injured in a bombing at a party rally in Diyarbakır. No one resigned, while news about the attack was banned.

Thirty-three revolutionaries were massacred in Suruç on 20 July 2015. Like their predecessors, no politician quit because of the killings, but they did prohibit the dissemination of news about the incident.

At least 105 people were killed on 10 October 2015 in Turkey’s latest massacre in Ankara. The government promptly imposed a press blackout on the incident and, naturally, no one resigned.



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This entry was posted on 2015-10-13 by in News Articles.
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