It is hard to lie to your entire population with 24-hour propaganda that your government is fighting against the jihadist terrorists then publicly receive an award from the very same terrorist organizations for your contributions
It is hard to lie to your entire population with 24-hour propaganda that your government is fighting against the jihadist terrorists then publicly receive an award from the very same terrorist organizations for your contributions. Well, that is exactly what happened to TRT, the official Turkish government propaganda media. If you believe the news and commentaries spewing out of TRT every day, actually, every hour, you would believe that the Turkey is fighting the jihadi terrorists in Syria.
However, one needs to be careful accepting awards from the very same terrorists in public thinking no one would notice. And that is where TRT ended up.
The award ceremony was even aired by the jihadist media channels, so it is hardly a secret. After the news spread, the independent media sendika.org picked it up and reported on July 8th 2019 with the heading, “TRT is honored: The HTŞ, accepted as a terrorist organization by Turkey, gives a placket to TRT.”
The history of this terrorist organization was also exposed in the sendika.org news. The “Liberation Government” that gave the service award to the Turkish government media TRT is the political arm of the Heyet-i Tahrir’uş Şam (HTŞ) that controls most of Idlib province in Syria. HTŞ was previously known as Nusra Front, again, considered a terrorist organization.
The (HTŞ) organization and its so-called “Liberation Government” is one of many terrorist-held areas enjoying tremendous support from Turkey given that the Syrian army and the native Kurdish population is being forced out of controlling the Syrian area. This handing of power to and establishing rickety governments by the terrorists is a service that the US, Turkey and Israel was instrumental in setting up when their imperialistic and illegal meddling in Syria started.
Turkey has been documented helping the jihadist terrorists on behalf of the US by providing arms, letting passage through a porous border when the fighters organize attacks to Syria but return home to Turkey when they are cornered.
The award giving ceremony praised a producer, a reporter and a cameraman from TRT for their work in Idlib where each one of these “journalists” received a placket. At the end of the event Fevaz Hilal, the leader of this so-called “Liberation Government”, invited Arab and other reporters from around the world to come to the “liberated areas from Syria.” Turkish government that claims it respects the land integrity of Syria has not responded or answered why they accepted the definition “liberated areas from Syria” when its claims support the opposite.
Turkish Radio and TV organization apparently was not happy that their acceptance of awards from organizations Turkey officially accepts as terrorist. In response to this news it has sued the sendika.org in Turkey for libel but has not even provided evidence on why or where the libel was. According to the filed court papers, TRT claims the “Liberation Government” is unrelated to HTŞ, and is a civil structure setup by people. TRT even tried playing down the ceremony and the awards claiming that the plackets were given for “documenting the human misery and drama in the region.”
While everyone waited for TRT to provide evidence, the state media organization provided some news items collected in the media for proof of lies spread by sendika.org. However, the lawyers were surprised that none of these news items were published by sendika.org. TRT lawyers did not explain why random news items critical of TRT which have nothing to do with sendika.org were placed into the file. However, stranger things have happened in the so-called justice system of Turkey.
Turkish government has prevented access to sendika.org 62 times in the past when the site was critical of the government. Due to this sendika.org is accessible via sendika63.org, moving to the consecutively numbered sites after each blockage by the Turkish government. Editor in chief of the independent media site is facing a long prison sentence accused of insulting the president. Thousands of people in Turkey who criticized the government or any action or speech of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president, are facing similar “insulting the president” charges.