Turkish Media Must Stop Insulting Somalia and Its People

Turkish Media Must Stop Insulting Somalia and Its People

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The relations between Turkey and Somalia were improving since 2011. Turkey contributed humanitarian and development aid to Somalia. At the same time, Turkey comes at the top of Foreign Direct Investments in Somalia. Yes, Turkey supported Somalia in developing its governmental institutions, we are enough humble to recognize that. But also we know that Turkey and Turkish firms (including Turkish Airlines, Albayrak Group, Favori, Yardimeli, etc.) make a lot of money from their business activities in Somalia.

However, the way Turkish media report about Somalia and the Somali people is disgusting. The media looks at the relation between the two countries as a patron-beneficiary relation. This cannot be right in any way, and this narration must change. The relations must be looked as a bilateral. There are interstate interests between Turkey and Somalia. The media reports the investments of Turkish firms as a humanitarian activity and exaggerates such business activities.

This disgusting way that Turkish media including, but not limited to, TRT, Anadolu Agency, Yenişafak, İhlas Haber Agency, and Yeniakit will never contribute to the long run interests of both countries. It creates a negative image for Turkey and will underwrite the current public acceptance of Turkey as a friendly country and a strategic ally. For this reason, I call the Turkish Foreign Ministry and the bodies responsible to review this issue and endeavor to change such narrations.

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