World Bulletin / News Desk
Daily Sabah, an English-language daily, was banned from the parliament building in Brussels by parliament President Antonio Tajani on Wednesday following a complaint by Dutch lawmaker Jeroen Lenaers.
“This unjust decision of the President of the European Parliament and its fascist application is the massacre of freedom of press and expression, and the destruction of EU values,” Bekir Bozdag said in a series of tweets.
The decision demonstrated “the ugly face of the European Parliament. I condemn this ugly face.”
The minister added: “In Europe, press freedom and freedom of expression exist only for those who slander Turkey but critics of Europe and Europeans do not have freedom of expression. This is a double standard.”
The block on the distribution of the newspaper, which had previously taken place every Tuesday, was confirmed to Daily Sabah by parliament’s media office on Thursday.
According to the newspaper, Lenaers launched a “hate campaign” against it after its sister publication ran an article on alleged Fetullah Terrorist Organization members in the Netherlands. Ankara holds the organization responsible for orchestrating last July’s attempted coup that resulted in 249 deaths.
In a statement at the weekend, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would retaliate if the newspaper were to be banned. On Thursday, the Directorate General of Press and Information condemned the decision as a “black mark” in press history.