Tayyip Erdogan blasts western media

Tayyip Erdogan blasts western media

ANKARA (AFP) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday accused Western media of sympathising with the failed coup aimed at ousting him from power, as he officially opened a new Ankara-backed English language news channel.

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Erdogan said in a speech at his presidential palace to mark the formal opening of the TRT World channel that there were writers in Western media sympathetic to the US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen who Ankara blames for the July 15 coup.

"If the coup had been successful... then foreign media would have mobilised their cameras and pens to legitimise the coup," Erdogan said.