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Greece’s Migrant Crisis Has Further Exposed Turkish Fake News

Turkey is not interested in objective reporting the migrant crisis.

Submitted by InfoBrics, authored by Paul Antonopoulos, Research Fellow at the Center for Syncretic Studies…

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s attempt to intimidate the Syrian Army and force them to withdraw to the Sochi Agreement lines in Idlib utterly failed, resulting in the Turkish leader having to embarrassingly accept large swathes of liberated territory will remain under Syrian sovereignty despite his attempts to occupy it. This was especially embarrassing as Erdoğan’s end of February ultimatum came and went with no grand Turkish military offensive to push back the Syrian Army as he had promised. This embarrassment comes as Erdoğan’s approval has reached as low as 41.1% according to data published by the Ankara-based pollster MetroPoll last Friday. As Erdoğan’s foreign policy is largely driven by a desire for a neo-Ottoman ambitions and to serve as a distraction from Turkey’s currency nosedive, he was quick to create issues against the “Old Enemy,” Greece.

In a tantrum and frustrated that his power projections of aggression against both Libya and Syria failed, Erdoğan unleashed tens of thousands of illegal immigrants against Greece and utilized English-speaking Turkish media to discredit the Balkan country’s border protection units for human rights violations. Although many commentators claim that Erdoğan’s unleashing of illegal immigrants is an attack against the European Union (EU), we cannot ignore that the second and only other EU state that Turkey borders is Bulgaria, a country that Ankara assured would not send illegal migrants to, a promise that has not yet been broken. Erdoğan is not only punishing Greece for vetoing a NATO communique in support of Turkish operations in Idlib, he is pushing ahead with his imperial ambitions to not only steal Syrian territory, but Greece’s eastern island and northern mainland territories, as outlined on published government-funded maps of “Greater Turkey.”

Erdoğan wasted no time after the Idlib ceasefire deal was made with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday after the latter embarrassed the Turkish leader by meeting him in a room with a statue of Catherine the Great, the liberator of Crimea who defeated the Ottoman Empire in many wars. On the very same day as meeting, Erdoğan announced that Turkey will deploy 1000 special forces police to the Greek border to fight back against Greek security forces who have successfully ensured that thousands of illegal immigrants have not entered EU territory. It’s an odd choice that Turkey deployed special forces police considering it is not their borders that have breach attempts and rather it has been an aggressor as they continually shoot tear gas at Greek border security and attempt to pull down the border fence so migrants can illegally enter Greece. Although it may seem like an exaggeration to some, Athens is treating this latest migrant crisis as a Turkish asymmetric invasion, as they remember the words of former Turkish President Turgut Özal, who said “We do not need to make war with Greece. We just need to send them a few million immigrants and finish with them.”

To assist in distracting the Turkish population of his failures in Syria and the economy, Erdoğan has fully utilized Turkish media to assist in the propaganda campaign. Turkey is one of the lowest ranked countries for media freedoms in the world, is the second most susceptible country surveyed on the European continent to fake news, has the most journalists jailed in the whole world, and 90% of media is government controlled. It is fair to be sceptical of Turkey and its coverage of the latest migrant crisis, and here is why.

On Saturday, Bosnian Muslim reporter Semir Sejfovic of Turkish state-owned TRT World made such a comical performance that Twitter users are mocking him to be an Oscar nominee after his elaborate attempts to accuse Greek police of firing live ammunition into Turkey. It is one comical performance that has to be seen to be believed. The ridiculousness of the performance was so much so that several screen grabs show even the illegal immigrants surrounding Sejfovic laughing during the “intense firing” of live ammunition by the Greek police. Other users questioned why illegal immigrants much closer to the border fence and seen in the background of the video never took cover and continued standing as usual during the alleged shooting, something Sejfovic has refused to answer.

In another incident on Saturday, TRT World published photos claiming Greek soldiers stripped and robbed illegal immigrants of their clothes, mobiles and money. The problem? In other photos not published by TRT World, the same illegal immigrants are seen in front of a camera phone preparing to take the propaganda photos, while in another photo a mobile phone is clearly seen inside the pocket of a “robbed” illegal immigrant.

In another incident on Sunday, TRT World made a tweet on Sunday publishing photos of immigrants in hospital wounded “when Greek forces opened fire” over the weekend. However, a quick search found that the fourth photo is from at least November 2019.

These are just some of the many allegations made by English-speaking Turkish media that have been debunked. It demonstrates that Turkey is not interested in objective reporting the migrant crisis but are serving a critical role as Erdoğan’s propaganda wing to discredit Greece in front of international audiences. However, if we use social media responses, European responses and other media republications of Turkish media claims as indicators, it all points that TRT World has only served to reinforce Turkish media’s bad reputation rather than discredit Greek border security and catastrophically failed in their objective.

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AMHants
AMHants
March 11, 2020

Remember when Turkey occupied Christian Orthodox Cyprus?

Now the proxy Islamists, queuing up to invade Christian Orthodox Greece? How come Turkey never exports Christian refugees, but, finds refugees from Africa, Pakistan, Caucus nations, whose only claim to Syria is fighting in the ‘organ eating, head chopping’ opposition groups. Who created the proxy Islamists and why are they connected to tax payer funded ‘human trafficking’ NGOs?

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  AMHants
March 11, 2020

Turkey is not wanted in the European Union. Turks are like the “odd man out”. Nobody trusts them, nobody wants them.

Haeul
Haeul
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
March 11, 2020

With good reason. The Ottomans, and their Turkish offspring of the Islamist-cum-nationalist variety, have been enemies of Christians Europe, and Orthodox Christians in particular, for more than 7 centuries now. Now, I have no doubt we can live peacefully with the Turks, but for that to happen, Europeans need to show them their teeth, and the Turks need to free themselves of that clown, Erdogan.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Haeul
March 12, 2020

You are right, of course, Haeul. The Europeans have reasons not to let Turkey enter the Eu because Turks are a pest. Nevertheless, Turkey is Russia’s neighbour and won’t just go away. So Russia and Turkey keep cooperating in Syria. In the latest live video with Alex Christoforou, Alexander Mercouris and Peter Lavelle, there is an interesting section where they talk about the latest visit of Turkey’s fool Erdogan to President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. First, Putin made him wait for 30 minutes. Then they talked for six hours. The outcome was that Russia stays in Syria to help the… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
March 12, 2020

TASS: Russian military police escort seven Turkish convoys to posts in Syria’s Idlib zone — Chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Parties in Syria said that the Russian military police continue patrolling the provinces of Hama and Idlib MOSCOW, March 11. /TASS/. Units of the Russian military police escorted seven Turkish convoys to Turkey’s observation posts in the Idlib de-escalation zone in Syria during the past day, Oleg Zhuravlev, chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Parties in Syria, said on Wednesday. “During the day, units of the Russian military police escorted seven… Read more »

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
March 12, 2020

THE DURAN LIVE:

oldandjaded
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
March 11, 2020

But just over two weeks ago, you said that Erdogan was Russia’s loyal partner?

Olivia Kroth

Whether you givers of minus points like it or not, Russia and Turkey will keep on working together in Syria. The USA is out and stays out. And if the US withdraws its nuclear arsenal from Turkey, all the better. Turkey is an ally of Russia, not of the USA. This is sour grapes for some people, hard to swallow?
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February 24, 2020

Jaime
Jaime
Reply to  oldandjaded
March 11, 2020

That Turkey is an ally of Russia does not depend on Olivia. It depends on Turkey. So far their record has been abysmally poor. Treacherous, thuggish, criminal and reckless are the words that come to mind when one thinks of Turkey’s leadership.

oldandjaded
Reply to  Jaime
March 12, 2020

Except, thats exactly the point I was making in the post she was responding to on the 24th.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Jaime
March 12, 2020

Jaime, Russia and Turkey keep cooperating in Syria. If you read TASS, you will see that. It is a shame that TASS is not widely read, because it is telling the truth, instead of spreading fake news. Here are some of texts …

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  Olivia Kroth
March 12, 2020

TASS: Turkish defense minister announces consensus with Russia on Idlib — Putin Erdogan of Turkey agreed at their Moscow talks on March 5 that a ceasefire would be declared in Idlib ANKARA, March 12. /TASS/. Russian and Turkish experts involved in talks in Ankara have largely reached a consensus on the Idlib issue, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on Thursday. “Talks with a Russian military delegation continue. A consensus has largely been reached,” he said, as cited by the Anadolu news agency. On March 10, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Turkey would patrol areas north of Syria’s… Read more »

Turkish Taffy
Turkish Taffy
March 11, 2020

Boy, and I thought the neocon/neolib hybrids and their media minions could come up with some whoppers. They ain’t nuthin’ compared to the Turks.

Olivia Kroth
March 12, 2020

TASS: Turkish top diplomat provides details of joint patrol mission with Russia in Idlib — On Tuesday, Russia and Turkey are expected to begin consultations on the joint patrol mission set to kick off on March 15 ANKARA, March 10. /TASS/. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has held a meeting with the Anadolu news agency’s editors, providing them with information concerning the joint Turkish-Russian patrol mission in Syria’s Idlib province. “We would like a ceasefire to be declared in Syria and we continue efforts to ensure a permanent ceasefire. We will patrol areas north of the M4 highway and the… Read more »

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