ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News
The tax fine implemented on the Doğan Media Group is political and personal, the director of an international press organization has said.
David Dadge, the director of the International Press Institute, or IPI, said in a statement posted on the IPI’s Web site that the government’s earlier actions should be taken into account when evaluating the latest tax fine.
“Although IPI can make no comment on the substance of the penalty, events in the early part of this year, which saw Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wage a war of words against the media, leave in doubt the intent behind this fine,” said Dadge.
"IPI has a genuine concern that the impetus behind the original tax investigation was more motivated by political and personal calculations rather than a genuine desire to carry out a full and fair investigation of the Doğan Media Group’s financial circumstances.”
The IPI is a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists, dedicated to the furtherance and safeguarding of press freedom, the protection of freedom of opinion and expression, the promotion of the free flow of news and information, and the improvement of the practices of journalism.