Cavusoglu: Washington Post makes ‘terrorist propaganda’

Turkey’s Foreign Minister lambasted Thursday the Washington Post for making “terrorist propaganda” by publishing an article by Cemil Bayik, a so-called PKK terror group leader.

The article did not fall under the freedom of press and expression, and it is a “terrorist propaganda”, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a live interview on TRT Haber news channel.

Speaking about the agreement recently signed by the UN and PKK terrorist organization, he said that Turkey’s UN Ambassador Feridun Sinirlioglu lodged a written protest to the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

Cavusoglu said Guterres was shocked to learn that Bayik was wanted after Sinirlioglu showed the red notice issued for the founding PKK member.

“This is double standard and hypocrisy on counter-terrorism,” stressed Cavusoglu, questioning how a fugitive — for whom red notice was issued — could travel to Switzerland.

“A head terrorist of the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by many countries, including the U.S., and which has brutally massacred tens of thousands of innocent people — has brazenly engaged in terrorist propaganda by using The Washington Post,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.