Turkye's communications director says social media platforms freely allow propaganda of PKK and FETO ring leaders, but accuse the government of authoritarianism when requests are made to close the accounts linked to these terrorist organisations.

Turkey’s Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun speaks at the opening of the Digital World Workshop, organised by the Anadolu Publishers Association at the Dolmabahce Work Office with the support of the Directorate of Communications, in Istanbul, Turkey on March 6, 2021.
Turkey’s Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun speaks at the opening of the Digital World Workshop, organised by the Anadolu Publishers Association at the Dolmabahce Work Office with the support of the Directorate of Communications, in Istanbul, Turkey on March 6, 2021. (AA)

Turkey’s Communications Director Fahrettin Altun has warned that one of the biggest threats that the country faces is from digital fascism, in which a handful of companies clustered in a particular part of the world claim to hold the “monopoly of truth.”

In a speech at the Digital World Workshop on Saturday, Fahrettin Altun said the country is "experiencing a period in which smart phones become widespread, information is democratised, social media is no longer a medium and becomes an actor."

The ringleaders of the PKK group, listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the US, and the EU, and FETO continue to freely propagate on social media platforms, he added.

"When our country requests the closure of accounts linked to terrorist organisations, it is accused of authoritarianism," said Altun. "This tolerance shown to murderous organisations, that treacherously kill innocent people, is a shame of humanity."

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Altun highlighted that terrorist organisations are a threat not only to the country they target, but to the whole world, and that supporters of the PKK or FETO terrorist organisations and their leaders, should realise they are involved and complicit in major crimes.

In its more than 35-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.

However, Altun pointed out that the outfit has also been responsible for the deaths of many in Syria.

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Altun said the country will continue its battle against the FETO terrorist organisation, which he called an enemy of the nation, with determination until it is eradicated.

The FETO terror group killed 251 people in an attempted coup on July 15.

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Source: TRT World