SRMG announces soft launch of IndependentTurkish.com

Muhammad Zahid Gul, the editor in chief of www.independentturkish.com.
Updated 15 April 2019

SRMG announces soft launch of IndependentTurkish.com

  • Muhammad Zahid Gul appointed editor in chief
  • Gul has extensive experience as a journalist, political analyst, researcher and TV producer

RIYADH: The Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG) has announced the soft launch of www.independentturkish.com. 

The website is the second phase of the SRMG’s project to launch The Independent in Arabic, Turkish, Urdu and Persian, under a licensing agreement that was signed and announced last year with the British publisher of The Independent. 

The SRMG also announced the appointment of Turkish journalist and political analyst Muhammad Zahid Gul as editor in chief of Independent Turkish. 

Well-known and experienced journalists have already joined the project, and are working in its offices in Istanbul.  

Gul has extensive experience as a journalist, political analyst, researcher and TV producer. He is very well versed in Arab and Turkish political relations. 

IndependentTurkish.com follows the SRMG’s launch of the Turkish website of its flagship Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper.  

“The launch of IndependentTurkish.com stands as the second phase of our multi-lingual project with The Independent,” said SRMG Chairman Abdulrahman Alrowaita.

“We are so eager to have the new website … attract a wider readership of the Turkish language who are keen to read diversified but highly professional content,” he said.

“We hope that with such a project … the media industry and content creation will be enriched in our region.”


US Senator Cruz: Twitter’s failure to delete Iranian officials’ accounts could violate sanctions

Updated 29 May 2020

US Senator Cruz: Twitter’s failure to delete Iranian officials’ accounts could violate sanctions

  • Cruz urged Attorney General William Barr and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin to open an investigation into Twitter “for possible criminal violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA)”

LONDON: US Senator Ted Cruz called for a criminal investigation of Twitter on Friday over allegations the company is violating US sanctions against Iran by not banning officials from the site.

Cruz urged Attorney General William Barr and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin to open an investigation into Twitter “for possible criminal violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA),” he wrote in a letter sent to the the US Justice and Treasury departments.

In the letter, Cruz explained that he had informed Twitter of their violation of the IEEPA through two specific and active Twitter accounts belonging to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

“To this day, Twitter continues to provide services to these covered individuals, and, in an April 3, 2020 response letter, attempted to justify this decision with two untenable arguments,” he wrote.

“In early April, Khamenei and Zarif used their Twitter accounts to post anti-American disinformation and conspiracy theories, not authoritative health information. They use their accounts provided by Twitter to threaten and taunt their enemies real and imagined. In any event, Twitter’s corporate values and grave misapprehension of the threat that Khamenei and Zarif pose are irrelevant,” he added.

“The Department of Treasury and the Department of Justice should investigate what appears to be Twitter’s blatant and wilful violation of IEEPA and E.O. 13876 by providing services to Khamenei, Zarif, and other designated Iranian entities, and, to the extent appropriate, enforce any violation through sanctions and by seeking civil and criminal penalties.”