Altun: “We condemn the hostile attitude of the Egyptian authorities towards the Turkish media”

Concerning the raid by the Egyptian police to Anadolu Agency's (AA) Cairo office, Director of Communications Fahrettin Altun said: “We condemn the hostile attitude of the Egyptian authorities towards the Turkish media.”

In his statement, Altun made an assessment about the raid held at the AA office in Cairo during when four employees, including one Turkish citizen, were taken into custody and taken away to an unknown place. 

Noting that “We condemn the hostile attitude of the Egyptian authorities towards the Turkish media,” Altun said: "Turkey has made progress in recent weeks in Eastern Mediterranean and in Libya toward peace and stability. Unable to play a constructive role in achieving regional peace, Egypt’s coup government clearly feels insecure enough to target the media members of Anadolu Agency.

Detaining members of media to send a message to Turkey is a sign of weakness, not strength. Conduct of foreign policy and resolution of regional issues can only be achieved through diplomacy not by targeting journalists. Egyptian people deserve a better international reputation!

As Turkey works toward peace, calm, and stability in the region and around the world, it is no coincidence Turkish media is being targeted for their country of origin. This is unacceptable. We call on international media organizations to expose and condemn such behavior.

The international community must act more forcefully against human rights violations by repressive regimes even if it may go against their narrow strategic interests. Europe and the US must stop their duplicitous treatment of the Egyptian coup regime and confront it decisively!”