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False letter creates chaos in Turkish referendum

The other day, a mysterious document appeared in Turkish media . There was allegedly a letter signed by the Turkish Prime Minister, Binali Yildirim. The letter revealed that, until the forthcoming vote on 16 April, officials should be prohibited from using the word “good blessed” because in Turkish it is too close to the word “no”. It could ruin the intention of the referendum, which would give the President increased powers and a longer presidential term. The voters could therefore be inclined to vote no, says Yasmin Abdel-Hak.

The government was immediately unable to dementate the authenticity of the document. An angry prime minister, Yildirim, announced to an army of journalists that anyone who provided such false news would be prosecuted. By this he opened inadvertently to a storm of a very intense cover of the false letter.

Although it was quickly found that the letter was a fake room and so literally was so-called fake news </ em>, the message still went through to government support, namely to avoid using the word no. This new behavior has already been expressed in several grotesque and verified situations.

Little Miss Yes and a No Smoking Stop

A few days later, a newborn girl named Yes . As the parents explained, the choice of name was intended as a tribute to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The family was visited by the local party department of the AKP government party and was interviewed to nationwide television where the father proudly proclaimed that the family would of course vote for the forthcoming vote and that baby yes hopefully would be happiness to the president.

Elsewhere, the distribution of leaflets for smoking cessation was suddenly stopped because the headline: “If you say no, you have won your life and your future” apparently had political undertones in relation to the forthcoming poll, and thus was read as a call for a no vote.

In other words, it is not easy to communicate when simple words like yes and no suddenly get political undertones.

How grotesque this course than has gone out with fake documents and fake stories that are being planted in the press shows a dangerous trend. Namely, no matter how false news may be, they tend to get stuck in the subconscious mind.

This has among other things been expressed among voters in Turkey, which has subsequently been interviewed by Turkish media in connection with the forthcoming poll, which no longer uses the word “no” but instead has begun to use other phrases without saying straight away that they will vote no. For fear of reprisals, the men suddenly no longer express themselves publicly about the forthcoming vote.

How grotesque this course than has gone out with fake documents and fake stories that are being planted in the press shows a dangerous trend. Namely, no matter how false news may be, they tend to get stuck in the subconscious mind.

And thus, a novelty goes from being an original fake room to suddenly getting a truth value with real consequences in action, behavior, mentally and verbally.

It undoubtedly gives some scary scenarios when reality is shaped to match a lie.

When fake news is the new buh word

The last 30 days of Donald Trump as the US President has undeniably given the impression that the use of false news is a new concept. It is not. Historically, government leaders have often placed false stories in the press for the sake of their own political victory. Sometimes it’s just called spin instead of a direct lie. The new is thus not the lie in itself as a political weapon. But, on the other hand, the systematic use of the lie, which serves the specific purpose of getting political messages and goals out of the facts, directly contradicts them.

But a press crying viciously and pointing out false news, lies, untruths and distorted facts comes paradoxically to serve the very purpose of planting false news. The Washington Post newspaper recently published an inventory of Donald Trump’s current government period in 30 days, revealing that he had managed to plant false claims in the media every day .

An insistent presses pointing out fake news has not caused the American president to quench the chronic oral diarrhea.

On the contrary, the press’s hunt for fake news has only confirmed him in his own martyrdom, as a victim of the witch hunt for the press. And although the man has the dubious honor to enjoy the historically lowest support among the population in general, according to a study by Gallup, he enjoys a still support 87 percent of the Republican voter group.

The same considerations about planting false stories in the press also apply to the fake “no” story in Turkey. For several anonymous sources, it has pointed out the quite interesting fact that the story was allegedly planted by the government itself in the Turkish media. For the mere coverage and coverage of a false news was sufficient to get the message through all language up to the vote. You did not have to do a real piece of political work. It was enough to make sure that the media had a false news.

The art of joking

Of course, you could just choose to keep your mouth complete. Perhaps it was the easiest thing. Not to say anything. Not at all.

In Sudan, Sheikh Bashir is sitting on Mohammed Bashir, a scholar and highly-held sheik who has not spoken since 1990 . He communicates only in writing with his outside world. As he has explained through writing; silence begins where speech ends. Then it will not be more profound. The sheikh has proclaimed that he will only start speaking again when God orders him.

Could you imagine US President Donald Trump be affected by a similar silence? Maybe just for the next four years? Or is it silent Erdogan until the forthcoming poll on April 16?

Image Source: Tomas Castelazo – Own work (Partial source: File:Catrinas 2.jpg, File:Doña juanita.jpg, File:Old zacatecas lady.jpg), CC BY-SA 3.0,

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