With rule of law, no institution or individual is exempt from oversight or investigation and everyone should be held accountable. However, associating the media with terrorism to this extent is a significant, public problem. This undermines the role of the media within a pluralistic democracy. The most recent example of this problem is the operation against Cumhuriyet, one of our most established media institutions.
Pluralism is a source of political and economic strength that needs to be protected and strengthened. During this challenging period all freedoms, including a free media, are essential for our national interests, for both domestic stability and international competitiveness.