Altun: Media misinformation threatens global security and peace

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The head of the Turkish Presidency’s Communications Department, Fahrettin Altun, confirmed that media misinformation has gained a dimension that now threatens global security and peace.

This came in an assessment he submitted to the digital news platform “Fokusplus” regarding combating disinformation activities related to the Israeli attacks on Gaza and Tel Aviv’s pressure on Western media.

Altun stressed that the problem of media misinformation must be addressed through comprehensive international cooperation and not through each country taking its own measures individually.

He pointed out that the mission of the Center for Combating Media Misinformation, affiliated with the Presidency of the Communications Department, is not limited to Turkey, but rather has regional and international dimensions.

He continued: “For example, Israel is trying to justify the massacres it has committed in Gaza since October 7 and polarize international public opinion through misinformation and false information.”

He added: “But we faced the storm of lies unleashed by Israel. We exposed nearly 200 dangerous misinformation attempts through the special Palestine bulletins that we published.”

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He explained that all the Israeli lies that were exposed through the Media Disinformation Center were presented to international public opinion and became a reference for prosecuting Israel in international courts.

Altun pointed out that Israel has been carrying out a systematic activity in media disinformation since the beginning of its attacks on the Gaza Strip.

He stressed that Israel is trying to obscure its practices and occupation of the Palestinian territories through misinformation, indicating that the hybrid threats and misleading information issued by Israel target world public opinion.

He continued: “It is necessary to see that Western media institutions’ adoption of the Israeli narrative destroys the independence and impartiality of these institutions.”

He added: “Today the number of Palestinians killed in Gaza has reached 30,000, but these people are not talked about as much as there is misleading information such as ‘headless children’, even though this news later turned out to be false.”

Altun praised the work of Anadolu Agency and the TRT channel, which seek to uncover the course of events in Gaza and convey the facts to world public opinion.

Since October 7, Israel has been waging a devastating war on the Gaza Strip, leaving tens of thousands of civilian victims, most of them children and women, a humanitarian catastrophe, massive destruction of infrastructure, and famine in a number of areas, which led to Tel Aviv being brought before the International Court of Justice on charges of “genocide.”