“The Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) fighters sew the uniform for the fighters in tailoring workshops, which founded under Media Defense Areas, under hard conditions of mountains. Their work has been intensified with coming of spring.

The fighters of the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) in the Media Defense Areas sew their clothes in a tailoring workshop to supply the needs of clothes despite all difficulties on mountains.”

When you read these two paragraphs you might think it is from a PKK militant’s diary. The rhetoric seems very enthusiastic about sewing uniforms for the spring. However, new PKK uniforms actually; symbolize upcoming PKK military activities against Turkish targets.

Sadly, this is just an excerpt from Turkey-based Jin News Agency (JINHA), which the Christian Science Monitor naively considers a news organization that takes a bold stand for gender equality and press freedom in a region that suppresses both.

The article “Turkey’s all-women news agency works for change in the Middle East” does not mention JINHA’s pro-PKK editorial stance or its praise for the PKK’s women fighters. Most possibly the author, Lucy Schouten, has no idea about it. Needless to say, the PKK is a globally-designated terrorist organization, and its different branches, such as TAK, have recently undertaken suicide bombings which led the deaths of dozens of innocent civilians.

Let’s read more from JINHA’s uniform article:

“Rojîn Berfîn joined the PKK in 2013. She has worked in the workshop for two years. Rojîn said, “Our precious martyrs created a life out of nothing in Kurdistan’s Mountains. We own the values of our martyrs by protecting them. So we know the meaning of our work. I am happy to do my job like my friends. A guerrilla must work in all fields. Today, I am sewing uniforms for my comrades. But tomorrow, I can do another task. Our aim is to fight for freedom.”

One might think that this is an only article about the PKK’s internal matters, some sort of exceptional reporting. However, JINHA’s main coverage is entirely about the PKK’s activities, from in-door memorials to festivities, including exclusive interviews with the PKK’s youth branch YPS, which has taken up arms, placed IEDs in residential areas, and set up trenches and barricades. One of the video reports praises the YPS militants’ “magnificent” resistance; another article announces the establishment of the YPS’s women’s branch, which will “resist the state’s fascism and attacks.”

But for the Christian Science Monitor, the news agency JINHA – which praises armed thugs as hardworking women because they built the first-ever barricade in a town — is a good example to follow because Al-Monitor and others say so.

Do we need a better explanation for the  intense Turkish distrust of the foreign press?

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