Turkish daily depicts Merkel as ‘Frau Hitler’ on front page

Right-wing tabloid-style daily Gunes (“Sun“) printed the picture along with the words in German: “#Frau Hitler” and called her an “ugly aunt.” The mocked-up image took up most of the front page of the daily, with a Nazi swastika on Merkel’s “uniform” and another swastika next to her head while she is shown holding a gun. (AFP)
Updated 17 March 2017

Turkish daily depicts Merkel as ‘Frau Hitler’ on front page

ANKARA: A Turkish pro-government newspaper on Friday depicted Chancellor Angela Merkel on its front page in Nazi uniform with a Hitler-style moustache, labelling the German leader “She Hitler” amid a bitter war of words between Ankara and Berlin.
Right-wing tabloid-style daily Gunes (“Sun“) printed the picture along with the words in German: “#Frau Hitler” and called her an “ugly aunt.”
The mocked-up image took up most of the front page of the daily, with a Nazi swastika on Merkel’s “uniform” and another swastika next to her head while she is shown holding a gun.
Turkey and Europe are locked in a bitter spat after Germany and the Netherlands blocked Turkish ministers from holding rallies to campaign for a ‘yes’ vote in next month’s referendum on expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s powers.
Erdogan has repeatedly accused Germany and the Netherlands of acting like “Nazis,” and claimed Merkel is “supporting terrorists.”
His behavior has prompted an angry reaction from Europe, with Merkel and French President Francois Hollande lashing the comments as “unacceptable” on Thursday.
The front page also accused Merkel of trying to be the leader of fascists, creating anti-Turkish enmity using Austria, the Netherlands and Belgium in “Germany’s backyard.”
“Germany, which has open arms for terrorist organizations... is trying to instigate the whole of Europe against Turkey,” the daily said.
German deputy government spokesman Georg Streiter refused to be drawn into the controversy, only saying: “We are not taking part in a game of provocation.”
The front page was published two days after German mass circulation daily Bild lashed out at Erdogan, accusing him of “endangering Europe’s stability through his lust for power.”
“Bild tells the truth to Erdogan’s face — you are not a democrat! You are hurting your country!” the German daily had said.
Bild’s front page hugely upset Ankara and the foreign ministry issued a statement describing the article as “mind-boggling” and part of a mindset “hinging on hatred.”
The media outlets that publish such articles are “are doomed to take their places in the trash of history,” the foreign ministry said.


G20 media committee holds first press conference in Riyadh

Updated 17 February 2020

G20 media committee holds first press conference in Riyadh

  • There will be coverage of over 135 meetings and conferences, to which end we will be creating an international media center that can accommodate up to 10,000 journalists

RIYADH: The media committee of the G20 Summit held its introductory press conference on Sunday afternoon at the headquarters of the Saudi Press Agency in Riyadh.

Both local and foreign media were invited to view the year’s schedule of events, ask the media committee questions and understand the objectives of the summit.
“Thanks to the direction of King Salman and constant support from the crown prince, the Kingdom has prepared a full schedule that will guarantee the success of this historic event,” said Minister of Media Turki Al-Shabanah.
He talked about the facilities that would be made available to the members of the press throughout the year, including an international media center that would serve as the central hub for all media activities in the summit.
“The media committee has prepared a full strategic plan to provide members of both foreign and local press with all of the resources they will need to cover the G20. There will be coverage of over 135 meetings and conferences, to which end we will be creating an international media center that can accommodate up to 10,000 journalists,” he said.
He added that media facilities would be available to accredited journalists and in multiple languages for journalists across the world.
Fahd Al-Mubarak, minister of state and Saudi Arabia’s G20 sherpa, said: “Having such a large number of media professionals really underscores the importance of the role the Kingdom plays in leading the 2020 G20 Summit.”
Al-Mubarak highlighted some of the challenges the summit was facing this year, notably the coronavirus, which he said that they were actively discussing and trying to overcome.
Fahd Al-Tunisi, adviser at the royal court and secretary-general of the Saudi Secretariat for the G20, highlighted the importance of the media in getting Saudi Arabia’s messages across.
Due to the G20’s own rules and regulations, not all of the G20 meetings and conferences will be open for members of the media to attend. However, Al-Tunisi told reporters that all of the necessary resources would be made available to them online and at the international media center, and that more press conferences would be held as necessary to bring them up to speed.