Turkish authorites continue their attacks on journalists (and others) as they abandon democratic practices.
Meanwhile the Sec Gen of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, have only issued some meek statements about the situation. Stoltenberg was awarded the "Nice Guy" award by Norwegian Pressphotographers Club PK (Pressefotografenes Klubb) for " his leadership" following the 2011 terror attacks in Norway. I thought the award inappropriate at the time (media should be critical of power, not suck up to it). Now I think it should be revoked.
Following the purge in Turkey EU Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, made made it clear "Turkey is in no position to become a European Union member any time soon". Sadly no such clear language from Stoltenberg about any consequences from NATO, despite the alliance "principles" (freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law) being ignored in Turkey. This was true before the recent coup attempt, now it should be too obvious to ignore.
Norwegian Pressphotographers Club can send a message: we see how Stoltenberg is failing his leadership, unable or unwilling to stand up for democracy in Turkey, and allowing persecution of journalists to continue.
Revoke the award.
This blog post was in response to a Facebook post by Selahattin Sevi :