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'Anti-democratic' headline by the Greek 'Dimokratia' newspaper19 September 2020Pro-government Greek newspaper Dimokratia published a scandalous headline insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Eastern Mediterranean tension continues between Turkey and Greece. Receiving support from the European Union, Greek tries its best to prevent Turkey's researches on Eastern Mediterrenean, while Turkey points out that they will defent their rights and benefits on Eastern Mediterrenean.

Insulting the Turkish President

The newspaper 'Dimokratia', one of the media outlets close to the government in Greece, was published with a headline containing a severe insult to President Erdoğan. President Erdogan was insulted in a very ugly and serious way on the front page of the newspaper. In the headline, the question "How should Greece respond to the maddening demands of the Sultan" was answered as "F*uck Off Mr. Erdogan".

Turkey summons Greek envoy over despicable news headline

Turkey summoned Greece's envoy Friday for a despicable headline in a Greek newspaper about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to Ankara’s foreign minister.

Mevlut Cavusoglu said the Foreign Ministry had a harsh response to Greek Ambassador Michael-Christos Diamessis for a vulgar headline in Greek newspaper, Demokratia, about Erdogan. 

Cavusoglu told Anadolu Agency that it was natural for news outlets in both countries to criticize each other's politicians -- sometimes severely – but under the principle of freedom of the press, insults should not be evaluated this way.

This shows the level to which the newspaper has sunk, he added.

Cavusoglu expressed approval of a statement about the headline by the Greek Foreign Ministry, which he said strongly condemned the incident.

Freedom of expression and press in Greece

As the Greek foreign ministry condemns the headline, it is a matter of wonder whether the newspaper will be subject to any criminal action in a country where the minority press is constantly being opressed by law.

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