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If media silenced, existence of dictatorship is certain, MHP's Yalcyn says.

ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Deputy Chairman Semih Yalcyn has joined the avalanche of criticism over intense government pressure on critical Turkish media groups, saying if the media is being silenced then the existence of a dictatorship is certain.

Yalcyn underlined that freedom of the press is key to a functioning democracy when he spoke to Today's Zaman on Friday. He talked about the recent political developments occupying the country's agenda as it heads towards a snap election on Nov. 1, and the interim Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government crackdown on media outlets that have refused to comply with the government's instructions not to report on the allegations of corruption and misconduct within the government.

"If the media is silenced, then there is dictatorship and tyranny. The media should be independent and the people have a right to information. This principle is prescribed by the Constitution. This right is protected by law," Yalcyn said.

Accusing President Recep Tayyip Erdoy-an of having a hand in applying pressure on media organs that are critical of the government, Yalcyn recalled that BugE-n TV and S Haber being dropped by the Digiturk satellite network constitutes an obvious crime. "The MHP rejects the president's efforts to subordinate all state institutions by trying to manipulate them with political intentions."

Nov. 1 is Erdoy-an's gamble

Recalling that attempts to forge a coalition government between the AK Party and the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) failed after the June 7 general election, despite the CHP accepting almost every condition laid out by the AK Party, Yalcyn said: "However, the CHP approving all of the AKP's [AK Party's] demands was not a solution because the resident of the illegal palace [referring to Erdoy-an's presidential office] had already decided on a snap election and he instructed Prime Minister Ahmet Davuoy-lu to implement his decision."

Defining Erdoy-an's decision for a snap election as a gamble, Yalcyn emphasized that the future of the country is being put at risk by the AK Party's goal of securing 18 additional deputies from the ranks of the party that would ensure that the party regains its 13-year parliamentary majority and allow it to govern the country alone.

"This number of additional AKP deputies is vital for Erdoy-an and his family, Yalcyn added. "Because he [Erdoy-an] is aware that if the AKP loses power, the president will have to account for his previous actions as prime minister. This is why Erdoy-an is gambling. That is why Erdoy-an is trying again but they will fail to obtain even 258 deputies in the early election."

Yalcyn argued that the AK Party and Erdoy-an may even consider a third election should they fail to obtain the desired number of AK Party deputies and warned that such an idea may backfire and trigger a reaction from voters who would most likely be keen to punish the AK Party in a third election. "But, I don't think any political party would dare it," he adds.

Asserting that the AK Party might begin to break up if it is unable to gain 40 percent of the vote, Yalcyn continued: "We will see whether this division would result in the emergence of only one or two separate political parties after the Nov. 1 election. A period of self-questioning will take place inside the party. I don't think this process of self-questioning will be easy or painless, and a political price will be paid at the end of it. It may even result in the elimination of the AKP. Only a spark is needed for the political actors of the AKP to engage in a war with each other." (Cihan/Today's Zaman)

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