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Turkey’s precious gains

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Whatever might be the eventual outcome of the June 24 and probably the July 8 vote, Turkey has gone through already some precious experiences. These experiences might help the country in devising its future and achieve some real democratic progress.

It is so unfortunate that public broadcaster as well as the news agency have become channels disseminating propaganda for one candidate and one political alliance.

In the two-week period in between May 14 and 30, the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) – funded with a special levy on telephone communication in this country – allocated 67 hours and 58 minutes to news on President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his People’s Alliance.

In the same period TRT gave only 6 hours and 43 minutes coverage to the Republican People’s Party (CHP) and its presidential candidate Muharrem İnce.

Another presidential candidate Meral Akşener and her Good Party (İYİ) was given a generous 12 minutes and 43 seconds while as might be expected Selahattin Demirtaş, the imprisoned presidential candidate of the Peoples’ Democracy Party........

© Hürriyet Daily News