Fake News

Turkish provocations upscaled with “fake news” – Οικονομικός Ταχυδρόμος – ot.gr

Turkey, in addition to provocative actions and inflammatory statements, is also spreading fake news, accusing Greek authorities of opening fire on migrants trying to cross the border in Evros, resulting in the death of an Afghan man.

The DHA news agency reports that the incident took place in the village of Alibey on the border with Edirne. However, Greek police categorically denied the claim, noting that there was no report of a similar incident at the border, while the Minister of Civil Protection, Takis Theodorikakos, spoke of fake news and accused Turkey of having a sordid past in instrumentalizing illegal immigrants.

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“News literacy is very low in Turkey,” says Mehmet Atakan Foca. “It’s more about propaganda. People live in an echo chamber, accusing others of being terrorists or pro-government, creating false stories to strengthen their opinions.”

Even fact-checking itself is used as a tool in a country riven by mistrust and division.

“News literacy is very low in Turkey,” says Mehmet Atakan Foca. “It’s more about propaganda. People live in an echo chamber, accusing others of being terrorists or pro-government, creating false stories to strengthen their opinions.”

Even fact-checking itself is used as a tool in a country riven by mistrust and division.

One website claims to be an independent verifier of news, but is actually run by a prominent columnist for Sabah, the main pro-government daily, and her husband. Instead of authenticating sources or photographs, it pushes the government line, discrediting perceived criticism of President Erdogan.