One of the main arguments of Turkey in order to justify its aggression, provocations and piracy in the Eastern Mediterranean is its claim that it has the largest coastline in the region.
This is undoubtedly one of the most spread fake news by Ankara, with which it tries to convince the international public that Greece is violating its sovereign rights in the East Mediterranean despite having the largest coastline in the East Mediterranean.
However, what exactly is the truth, Proto Thema pondered, before discovering that the Turkish claims is exactly the opposite to what they say since Greece has the largest area of coastline in the East Mediterranean.
According to the CIA’s “The World Factbook,” Greece has 13,676 km.
Meanwhile, Turkey has nearly half of that as Greece, with only 7,200 km.
It must be noted though that the 7,200 kilometer coastline that the CIA measures Turkey as having also included its coastline in the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea, meaning that its East Mediterranean coastline is actually much smaller.
Greece’s entire coastline, which includes the coasts of all the islands, lays entirely within the East Mediterranean.
The World Factbook is the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)’s annual press release, with key figures and information for all countries of the world.
This manual relating to each country was officially recognized by the US and includes general image data to a description of two to three pages to demographics, location, economy, government, industry, military capabilities etc.
Other agencies and research institutes have found the coastlines of Greece and Turkey to be different lengths, with the World Resources Institute saying Greece has 15,146km of coastline and Turkey with 8,139km.
None-the-less, no matter which metric or study is used, all come to the same conclusion – that Greece has a significantly larger coastline than Turkey, especially in the East Mediterranean.
Turkey is one of the lowest ranked countries for media freedoms in the world, is 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.