Stephff erred in cartoon mocking Turkish president’s ‘Nazi’ accusation

your say March 17, 2017 01:00

Re: “Stephff’s View”, March 14.

The cartoon regarding Turkey and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is beyond the limits of criticism. 

The Dutch authorities cancelled permission to land previously granted to Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavusoglu for his planned visit to meet with our citizens in the Netherlands, and treated our Minister of Family and Social Policies Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya and Turkish diplomats in a manner that does not comply with diplomatic norms and ethics. 

This treatment constitutes a flagrant violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

The Dutch security officials also disproportionately intervened and violated rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly during the above-mentioned incidents. Their measures, in clear affront to the democratic rights and fundamental freedoms, constitute severe violations of human rights.

Furthermore, the investigations regarding a number of journalists who have been detained in relation to the Turkish coup attempt of July 15, 2016, are not due to their journalistic work but due to their terrorism-linked activities, which constitute crimes in the national legislation. The work of journalism, if used for the purpose of committing crimes, is no longer journalism, and as such does not provide exemption from criminal investigation and related measures.

Ahmet Idem Akay

Chargé d’Affaires, Turkish Embassy