Turkey’s Authoritarian Drift Mustafa Akyol

2015 Oslo Freedom Forum
May 27, 2015

Turkish writer and journalist Mustafa Akyol argues that efforts to bring Turkey towards an Islamic liberal governance model were reversed by President Erdogan and replaced by a less democratic structure. Akyol describes how the Turkish government has succumbed to a paranoia usually seen in more authoritarian regimes. Such paranoia has endangered press freedom, eroded the democratic process, and put Turkey on a track to become more like Russia than the EU.