An online ad by Denk, in which the party claims to tackle enemies of Islam, has been placed above an article in which the threatened Amsterdam writer Lale Gül is called an enemy of Islam. Gül responds to Twitter with anger because the advertisement containing the photo of MP Tunahan Kuzu, above the article in the Turkish online newspaper Son Haber state.
It is nothing new, according to Gül, that Turkish media have labeled her an enemy of Islam. But she calls on Denk to distance himself from that. “So giving your opinion and writing a book about it is enmity?” she wonders aloud.
In her recently published debut novel I’m going to live 23-year-old Gül is critical of many Turkish and Islamic traditions with which she grew up. Because of that book and appearances on talk shows, the young writer has become the target of intimidation and death threats via social media.
In response to questions from the Amsterdam city council, mayor Femke Halsema already announced that the police are keeping a close eye on the safety of the threatened author. “If there is reason to do so, measures will be taken,” said Halsema. She also had contact with Gül about this.
Kuzu sent a message to Gül on Twitter on Wednesday, in which he writes that freedom of religion applies in the Netherlands and she is therefore free to believe or not. He says that the advertisement also appears in various news reports in the Netherlands. “So rest assured, nothing personal.”
A Denk spokesperson also says the party has “absolutely nothing” to do with the ad above the article. According to him, an algorithm determines where advertisements end up. The party will see whether the advertisement can be removed above the piece.
The party was more often discredited for defaming Dutch people with a Turkish background in Turkey. In 2018, for example, Kuzu called five MPs ‘traitors’, because they voted for recognition of the Armenian genocide. This is a very sensitive issue in Turkey. The MPs were subsequently threatened via social media.
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