“Social media platforms without inspection threaten democracy, social peace and national security of states,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said today.
While during her visit a few days ago Merkel asked the Turkish president to make progress in media and people freedom, Erdogan continues with his policy course towards social networks.
“Just as we do not rely entirely on foreigners in the defense industry and military affairs, we can not leave the issue of communication to others,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a video message to the Turkish Council Media Forum held in Istanbul. .
Erdogan expressed hope that the three-day media forum, organized by the Turkish Communications Directorate, would be useful in strengthening solidarity between the countries.
“We cannot trust the conscience and professional ethics of those who constantly teach us about human rights, democracy and freedom from an orientalist point of view,” he said.
He stated that millions of “vulnerable” people around the world are depressed because of the false and distorted news, suffering severe trauma.
“Like other strategic issues, we must take matters of media and communication into our own hands,” Erdogan said.
He called on the Turkish world and relevant countries to take the initiative in this regard, share experience, join forces and look for ways to use the opportunities as effectively as possible. Opportunities for co-operation in the media, TV series and film sectors in the Turkish world as well as social media and the joint fight against disinformation are among the topics to be discussed during the forum. The Turkish Council was established in 2009 as an intergovernmental organization with a main goal to promote comprehensive cooperation between Turkish-speaking states. It consists of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey and Uzbekistan as member states and Hungary as observer state.
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