Turkey is one of the lowest ranked countries for media freedoms in the world, Turkish citizens are the second most susceptible country surveyed on the European continent and its surrounds to fake news, has the most journalists jailed in the whole world, and 90% of media is government controlled.
With over 90% of media controlled by the Turkish government, much of what the media says is the voice of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
A Tweet by radically pro-Erdoğan media outlet Haber 7 said “Hagia Sophia is done! Next is Athens,”
As an extension of Erdoğan’s voice, the now deleted Tweet is a clear threat that the entire Turkish establishment have ambitions of not only invading Greece’s Eastern Mediterranean islands, Crete and western Thrace, but all of Greece including Athens.
Many wants to dismiss the seriousness of Turkey’s ambitions against Greece’s sovereignty, but one only has to remember it’s invasion of Cyprus in 1974 and it’s invasion of large areas of northern Syria where now the Turkish currency, curriculum and language is used instead of Syrian administration and the Arabic language.
Greece of course is not a low populated island with a non-professional military like Cyprus, nor is it a country like Syria devastated by nearly a decade of fighting radical jihadists, but the threat of war remains real, especially now that Turkish media find it comfortable enough to announce their intentions of invading Athens.
Meanwhile, Greece will be imposing sanctions against Turkey for its decision to convert Hagia Sophia into a mosque, as reported by Greek City Times.
“Greece condemns this action and will do everything in its power to have consequences for Turkey,” government spokesman Stelios Petsas said, adding that “everything is on the table and the possibility of sanctions not only from Europe but also from international organisations, such as UNESCO.”
He added that “there is no doubt that we will proceed with some form of sanctions,” without giving further details what these sanctions will entail.