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    Politicians and press organizations lash back at FM Gul

    Hürriyet Haber
    24.02.2006 - 10:55 | Son Güncelleme:

    Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul's lashing out at the Turkish press following negative coverage of the Hamas visit to Turkey continues to receive reaction this week throughout the country. A sampling of comments from different public figures and organizations are below:

    Deputy leader of the National Movement Party (MH), Mehmet Sandir: I found FM Gul's comments that the Turkish press was serving foreign interests and diplomats very unfortunate, and not typical of him. The Turkish press is only serving the rights of the Turkish people, and in the interest of the Turkish Republic. To paint a picture that the Turkish press is somehow serving foreign interests is unfair for them.
    Turkish Journalists' Association: The blaming of the press in the face of unsuccessful or controversial political ventures is sadly a never ending element of life here. The duty of the government minister is not to blame, but to provide to the press rapid, true, and detailed information.
    Internet Media Organization: In the name of the Turkish press, we reject the comments from Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, which literally put us in the position of looking like "traitors to the country."
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