President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has lashed out a French journalist after he was asked a question about Turkish intelligence’s alleged arm shipment to Syrian extremists in Syria.
“You are talking like someone from FETO organization,” Erdogan responded to French reporter Laurent Richard during a press conference in Paris on Friday.
Richard said “he is talking like a journalist,” but failed to avoid further rebuke from Erdogan: “The prosecutors who launched investigations into this [ the alleged arm transfer] were arrested over FETO links.”
“Today I just tried to ask questions turkish journalists can no longer ask to @RT_Ertogan,” Richard later tweeted.
Turkish government blames the Gulen movement for the July 15, 2016 coup attempt and calls it FETO, short for the alleged Fethullahist Terror Group.
The movement denies involvement.
Since the summer of 2016, at least 310 journalists have been remanded in prison pending trial, with 180 of them still being kept behind bars, in Turkey. *Video clip from BBC