Alton criticizes a British magazine for insulting President Erdogan


The head of the communication department in the Turkish presidency, Fahrettin Altun, criticized the cover of the British magazine “The Economist”, which insulted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Altun said in a tweet Thursday: “According to their whims, they announce the end of Turkish democracy with vulgar words, disinformation and arrogant propaganda.”

He explained that the magazine re-launched its portrayal of Turkey on the basis of dull and willful intellectual ignorance by saying, “They have started over.”

“Their marketing techniques based on provocative headlines and images can help them sell their magazine. But we must remind readers that this is fake journalism based on cheap publicity and misinformation.”


Altun stated that the Turkish people have repeatedly demonstrated their commitment to democracy, equality and freedom.

He pointed out that the Turkish political system survived many calamities, including the failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016, through the people’s sacrifice of their blood to protect democracy.

He continued, “When President Erdogan called on our citizens to resist the putschists, our people’s response to this call was a lesson that will not be forgotten for a century. It is clear that the so-called journalists and editors of The Economist did not bother to read about our people’s struggle for democracy.”

Altun attributed the British magazine’s abuse of President Erdogan, saying: “Perhaps the reason for this behavior is their inexplicable and endless hatred for our democratically elected president, who won all the elections in which he participated.”

And he added, “If you cannot bear the trouble of searching for how and why the Turkish people trust Erdogan, who should take you seriously?”