The leaders of political Islamist movements in Egypt and Turkey like to associate themselves with the Turkish Justice and Development Party (AKP). Erdogans Islamist party is seen (by outsiders, at least) as a model for democratic Muslim statehood.
However, Turkish reality seems to shatter the dream of supposedly democratic Islamists. The political Islamists seem to have a problem with secularism, independent judiciary and free press.
Ahu Ozyurt writes in the Huffington Post:
One of Turkey's most prominent opposition news websites, ODATV.com, and the homes of its editors were raided by the Turkish police. The site's founder, Soner Yalcin, a columnist for the popular Turkish daily Hurriyet, was detained along with other editors for allegedly having links with an 'underground terrorist organization.'
The existence of a supposedly conspirational terrorist gang, "Ergenekon“, is not yet proven.
As with "Operation Slegdehammer“ a police operation against the military, Islamists are now targeting the media.
Every day, bit by bit, slowly but surely, freedom of the press is being axed in my country.
A couple of AKP-critical journalists face court trials or were removed by pressure of Islamist-friendly media.
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