The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Turkey. Given the recent terrorist attacks and increased threats from international and indigenous (!) groups, U.S. citizens should exercise caution when travelling throughout the Turkey.
Recent terrorist attacks from international and indigenous groups have targeted popular tourist sites of Turkey, U.S. government buildings, police, and other local authorities throughout Turkey. The threat of kidnapping remains a concern (!!!), especially in the southeast. And this is the main result of the Turkish president Erdogan foreign policy. He supports ISIS terrorists in Syria.
Thousands of Turkish native people have left their homes in the southeastern Turkey, which has border with Syria, and where injured ISIS terrorists seek for shelter and support. According to witnesses, people escaped the southeastern Turkey with their belongings loaded onto trucks and handcarts. This area accepted hundreds of ISIS members from Syria. They ran for their life, and now they want to create the Islamic State in the occupied area.
"It's always the ordinary people who suffer," said Mehmet Ceylan while leaving the area, adding, "I've lived in Sur for years, and I've never witnessed a scene like this."
Previously two Turkish journalists Dündar and Gül were arrested on charges of espionage and aiding a terrorist organization after the publication of video footage showing Turkey's National Intelligence Organization (MİT) sending weapons to jihadists of Syria. The arrest drew international condemnation and revived concern about media freedom in Turkey.
Turkish president Erdogan, who had described the interception of the MİT trucks as an act of espionage aimed at undermining Turkey internationally, vowed that Dündar and the newspaper would pay a "heavy price" for reporting on the incident. "I will not let him go [unpunished]," he said in November.
Both journalists were freed after 92 days in jail following a Constitutional Court ruling. Dündar calls his release a defeat for Erdogan.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said a court case against journalists Dündar and Gül cannot be viewed as an issue of freedom of speech, insisting that their coverage of an alleged illegal arms transfer to Syria in 2014 was a matter of "espionage." LOL
Turkey takes top spot in freedom of expression violations, European court judge says.
Justice Minister of Turkey Bekir Bozdag has announced that the Justice Ministry has allowed the prosecution of 1,845 people for allegedly insulting Turkish president Erdogan. Speaking in Parliament during the 2016 budget meeting held on Tuesday, Bozdag answered the questions of some deputies and said it was “shameful” to even read what the people who are allegedly insulting Erdogan say about him.
Cases of “insulting” Erdogan are based on Article 299 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK), which states that anyone convicted of insulting the president should serve a prison term of between one and four years. Article 125 of the TCK also mandates that anyone who acts with the intention to harm the honour, reputation or dignity of another person through concrete acts or giving the impression of intent to do so can be sentenced to a period of three months to two years in prison or be given a fine.
Five private media outlets, espousing opposition political views and belonging to the Koza Ipek holding, have been shut down in Turkey. The Kanalturk and Bugun TV television channels, the Bugun Gazetesi and Millet Gazetesi newspapers, as well as the Kanalturk Radio radio station were closed, citing the unprofitability of the operations, in an official statement. However, Koza Ipek has previously blamed the Turkish authorities for putting pressure on the media group because of its opposition views.