Altun: “Press freedom is not about distorting the facts, invasion of privacy or defamation”

Altun: “Press freedom is not about distorting the facts, invasion of privacy or defamation”

In a post shared on his Twitter account, Director of Communications Fahrettin Altun stated that he had filed a lawsuit against the newspaper Cumhuriyet for the article they published that distorted the facts and violated privacy.

Indicating that he found it necessary to make a statement regarding the allegations made by the IPI (International Press Institute), Altun said, “The IPI on Tuesday misrepresented a lawsuit, which I have recently filed against the newspaper Cumhuriyet, as part of an alleged media crackdown in Turkey. I categorically reject this claim.”

In his post, Altun stated the following:

“Here’s what the IPI conveniently omitted from their version of the truth. In an April 14 story, the newspaper Cumhuriyet published photographs of my residence, where I continue to live with my wife and four children, along with our address, placing our lives at risk. Whereas I fully believe in the legitimate public scrutiny of government officials, the aforementioned story not only distorted the truth but also violated Turkey’s laws pertaining to the protection of individuals’ honour, reputation, and privacy. Accordingly, I have since sued Cumhuriyet for damages, as any citizen is free to do in Turkey, and I am committed to defending myself against such encroachments on my rights and liberties -which, ironically, occur behind the smokescreen of press freedom. Press freedom is about legitimate public scrutiny – not invasion of privacy or defamation.”