If the intensity of state propaganda over the last few years is anything to go by, Erdogan and AKP have moved well beyond considerations of “soft power”.
Eight of Turkey’s best-known human rights defenders were arrested during a workshop on July 5 on one of Istanbul’s islands.
Erdogan’s conservative AKP has doubled religion class hours, removed evolutionary theory from classrooms and shut down universities in his bid to raise a “pious generation”.
With the Turkish authorities blocking online access to Wikipedia across the country, multiple “mirror” websites – sites designed to reproduce the content of Wikipedia, which is constantly being updated – have sprung up.
Turkey’s government continues to conflate journalism it doesn’t like with terrorism and other crimes against the state.