The independent newspaper stated that the Turkish President Rjab Tayyip Erdogan has hit back at comments made by Barack Obama about press freedom in Turkey, saying the US President spoke out “behind his back”.
Mr.Obama said that he was “troubled” by the Turkish government’s control of the media, while attending the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington.
Mr.Obama said he had expressed these sentiments to Erdogan “directly” but this was denied by Mr.Erdogan.
The Turkish prime minister also referred to a mysterious foreign ‘mastermind’ seeking to destroy Turkey. He said criticism of Turkey’s press record was an attempt to “divide, shatter and if they could, swallow up Turkey”.