The number of headlines in the foreign press that either got basic information about the Turkish election wrong or distorted the situation was simply astounding. Here are several more that have come to our attention.

From Germany:

Turkey Heads to Polls: Turkish voters cast their ballots on Sunday with      President Erdogan’s AKP holding a commanding lead in opinion polls

(Deutsche Welle, 30 October 2015)

We hope that everyone has realized by now that Tayyip Erdoğan is no longer a member of the AKP. In fact, after he was elected to the Turkish Presidency in August 2014, as per Turkish law, he resigned from the party. The AKP also does not, and never did, belong to Tayyip Erdoğan since he was only one of the group of Turkish political figures who founded the party in 2001.

From Britain:

If Turkey Chooses Erdoğan at the Polls This Weekend, ISIS Will Gain Strength      and the Refugee Crisis Will Worsen

(The Independent, 30 October 2015)

Tayyip Erdoğan was not the subject of the 1 November election. The 1 November election was a parliamentary election. President Erdoğan will remain Turkey’s President until 2019.

Turkey Elections: Erdogan Victory Risks Making Country an Authoritarian State   Sliding into Syrian Mire

(The Independent, 30 October 2015)

The Independent managed to publish two headlines about the Turkish elections that were both erroneous and misleading on 30 October 2015. This headline shares the error of the previous one mentioned, that President Erdoğan was not a candidate in the election. The latter headline adds the error of suggesting that Turkey is becoming some sort of authoritarian state. This is incorrect: Turkish elections are transparent, free, open, and democratic. Turkish elections are carried out in a highly efficient manner by the Turkish Supreme Election Council, and all complaints are handled transparently and in accordance with Turkish law.

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