The Turkish protestor-produced campaign called #StopLyingCNN has been successful in that it made the hashtag #StopLyingCNN a Twitter Trend, but as this blogger wrote before, there’s been a problem.
The problem has been that it’s so insular and in Turkish, that, to this point in time, no American news website or blog has written about it, until now.
The update is based on comments to this blogger, and explains that the #StopLyingCNN was started by pro-government protestors who think CNN and the BBC have made the whole deal look bigger than they say it is.
The campaign was started by Melih Gökçek, a pro-government mayor in Turkey, to condemn coverage of CNN International on “anti-government” protests in Turkey. He and his supporters believe that the protests was exaggerated by CNN, which is not true by the way.
Turkish protesters demanded more freedom and resignation of the cabinet. However, those who support that hashtag support the government. Therefore they condemn CNN.
The #stoplyingCNN hashtag was created as a response to foreign media disinformation during the recent protests in Turkey. These media organs such as CNN and BBC gave misleading information to their followers. The critics were highly biased and far from being objective. They tried to create an image that there is a war going on in Turkey although it was just a few thousand people protesting in local parts of the 80 million Turkey. For some reason they tried to destroy the positive view about Turkey which was created in the last 10 years. Turkish people got upset of this and wanted to give a democratic response. CNN broadcasted about 8 hours non-stop from Istanbul while they even do not broadcast 8 min from Syria or Gaza in which hundreds of people are dying every day. I hope you have an idea now. Best…
I’m sure there will be more comments as this progresses, but it looks like People’s Park in Berkeley on a larger scale.