Istanbul (AFP) – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday accused the New York Times of meddling in Turkey’s affairs with a critical editorial, angrily telling the US daily to “know your place.”
In a growing controversy over media rights in Turkey ahead of June 7 legislative polls, Erdogan blasted an “impolite” editorial in the New York Times last week which he said “literally gave orders to the United States.”
“As a newspaper, you (the New York Times) should know your place,” he said in a televised speech in Istanbul.
“You are meddling in Turkey’s affairs by writing something like this. By publishing this editorial, you are overstepping the limits of freedom,” he said.
he New York Times had on Friday published a editorial entitled “Dark Clouds Over Turkey” that was deeply critical of Erdogan’s rule, and accusing him of a crackdown ahead of the polls.
“The United States and Turkey’s other NATO allies should be urging (Erdogan) to turn away from this destructive path,” the New York Times editorial said.
Erdogan spat back “Who are you? Could you say something like this to the US administration?”
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