By: Tulin Daloglu for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse Posted on July 29.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is threatening legal action against one of Britain's oldest and most influential newspapers, The Times. The newspaper published an open letter, in the form of an advertisement, signed by 30 prominent names, ranging from Ataturk's biographer Andrew Mango to Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon. The letter addressed Erdogan directly, harshly criticizing the brutal use of police force to clamp down on the Gezi Park protesters in June, as well as his dictatorial instincts. Erdogan's unflinching outburst against the ad is a typical act of intimidation, targeting a domestic audience rather than actually filing a case against The Times or the letter's signees.
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