As the group that calls itself Islamic State, known as ISIS, continues to produce carnage in the Middle East, Muslims must confront the totalitarian ideology that animates it and other terrorist groups. Every terrorist act carried out in the name of Islam profoundly affects all Muslims, alienating them from fellow citizens and deepening the misperceptions about their faith’s ethos.
As the Turquoise Council of Americans & Eurasians, We condemn detentions of Ekrem Dumanli, editor-in-chief of Zaman Daily, Hidayet Karaca, chief executive of Samanyolu Media Group, and dozens of others, on phony charges, as a blatant breach of press freedom and rule of law. This development is a huge blow to Turkey’s already waning image as a progressing Muslim democracy compatible with Western values. Similar actions aimed to suppress the dissent in Turkey at the anniversary of the corruption scandal in December 2013, are expected to continue in the following days.
SAYLORSBURG, Pa. — It is deeply disappointing to see what has become of Turkey in the last few years. Not long ago, it was the envy of Muslim-majority countries: a viable candidate for the European Union on its path to becoming a functioning democracy that upholds universal human rights, gender equality, the rule of law and the rights of Kurdish and non-Muslim citizens. This historic opportunity now appears to have been squandered as Turkey’s ruling party, known as the A.K.P., reverses that progress and clamps down on civil society, media, the judiciary and free enterprise.
US senators submitted a resolution to the House of Representatives Committee of Foreign Affairs, calling on Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to end restrictions on freedom of expression and respect human rights.
Seventy-four lawmakers from the US Senate have sent a letter to US Secretary of StateJohn Kerry to express concern over what they called "an affront to the basic principles of democracy" in Turkey, urging the secretary to speak up against violations of press freedom in NATO's only Muslim ally, which has intensified a relentless crackdown on dissent.
Members of the US Congress who submitted a letter to Secretary of State John Kerrylast month on the dismal state of media freedom in Turkey are standing firm behind their signatures despite intense pressure from the Turkish government and the pro-government media.