Midst the turbulence of the ongoing Gaza conflict, Fahrettin Altun, director of Türkiye’s communications directorate, has made a critical revelation. In an audacious bid to counter the rampant disinformation, the communications team has reportedly exposed at least 100 false news stories related to the contentious situation.
Center for Combating Disinformation
Established on October 7, the Center for Combating Disinformation has been at the forefront of this initiative. It has been actively publishing special bulletins on Palestine, in an attempt to share the factual narrative with the global public. The center has released a total of five special bulletins so far, throwing light on the real scenario in Gaza.
Disinformation as a Dark Tool
Altun raised concerns about the high level of disinformation that is being irresponsibly produced and disseminated. Disturbingly, he pointed out that this practice is not just limited to anonymous entities but has been indulged in even by officials and presidents. He strongly criticized this trend, dubbing disinformation as a tool in the hands of actors with obscure plans. These actors, according to Altun, are using misinformation to manipulate realities related to both the Middle East and the Eastern Mediterranean.
Unfolding the Truth
The communications directorate has been working tirelessly to debunk the myths surrounding the Gaza conflict and restore the truth. From the accusations against US President Joe Biden of spreading misinformation on the Israel-Hamas war to the discussions on Turkey’s support for Hamas, each piece of disinformation has been meticulously examined and countered. The directorate’s efforts aim not just at dispelling the falsehoods but also at preserving the integrity of the global information sphere.