Pro-government paper claims with photoshopped image that Gülen has Vatican passport


Date posted: October 8, 2016

In one more of a series of fabricated reports, the pro-government Takvim newspaper ran a lead story on Saturday claiming that Muslim scholar Fethullah Gülen holds a passport from the Vatican since he receives instructions from the Catholic Church.

Only a few hours after Takvim published a passport page featuring Gülen’s photo, it was discovered that an image of a Vatican passport found on Google was edited by Takvim. Despite their argument that Gülen was granted a special passport after he pledged allegiance to the Vatican, the photo that appears on the first page includes the name of the real passport holder in the barcode section. Justice and Development Party (AKP) government mouthpiece Takvim inserted Gülen’s photo on the passport page, but its editors forgot to remove the small print that reveals the passport’s real owner, Domenico Paradisi.

gulen-vatican-passport-1

According to Takvim’s latest fabricated report, Nurettin Veren, an informant who turned against Gülen, provided the alleged passport to the newspaper. Veren argued that when Gülen allegedly declared his loyalty to the Vatican, he was given a document indicating that he is a “special person.”

gulen-vatican-passport-2

In an effort to discredit Gülen in the eyes of the conservative Muslim Turkish public, pro-government media outlets have been running similar stories for the last three years including reports that Gülen is a Jew and serves Israeli interests.

Following a failed coup on July 15, for which President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan holds Gülen responsible, the demonization efforts reached a new level, blaming him for everything that has gone wrong in the recent history of Turkey.

Source: Turkish Minute , October 8, 2016


Related News

Turks caught up in Gulenists crackdown seek justice

When she returned to her old school to pick up some papers after being suspended, the religious affairs teacher from the Turkish town of Adapazari was braced for some awkward glances. But she was not prepared to be treated as an outcast by colleagues of eight years’ standing. “They wouldn’t even look at me,” says the mother-of-three, dabbing her cheek with a tissue. “It was as if I was a terrorist.”

Mr. Fethullah Gülen’s interview for Moskovskiy Komsomolets newspaper

In the interview that was published at one of Russia’s most popular newspapers, Moskovskiy Komsomolets, Mr. Gülen talked about the aircraft crisis between Russia and Turkey, the divided state of the Muslim world, secularism, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and terrorism. “Certain things done [the Turkish government] in recent years were wrong. The downing of that warplane was wrong,” he said.

In new incursion, Turkey orchestrates rushed extraditions from Kosovo

Kosovo is at a crossroads: It can either entrench the rule of law and progress with Euro-Atlantic integration by investigating matters like the recent extradition, the financing of Turkish corporate acquisitions and the operations of TIKA — or it can succumb to Erdogan’s Islamist and anti-Western agenda.

Fethullah Gülen’s Message of Condolences for Those Who Lost Their Lives During Gaza Protests

I am shocked and deeply saddened by the outbreak of violence on the Gaza border, which resulted in the death of more than 50 and injury of thousands more. I urge Israel to stop shooting at civilians and to respect the right to peaceful protest.

An interview at a party-state

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s witch-hunt campaign to find and eliminate people who are sympathizer of the Hizmet movement and not sympathizer of the government was reflected in interviews that were organized by the Ministry of Education last month. It seems Turkey has totally become a party-state.

My Father, Academic, Arrested In Turkey Purge

13 days have passed since my father was taken from us by the police and we still did not have a chance to speak with him. His lawyers predict that it may take up to at least six months until he goes to the court. The most painful moment was when I saw in the news that 14 militants linked to ISIS, from whom the police captured AK-47s, were released on the same day. Turkey now views my father and his colleagues more dangerous than ISIS militants.

Latest News

Fethullah Gülen’s Condolence Message for South African Human Rights Defender Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Hizmet Movement Declares Core Values with Unified Voice

Ankara systematically tortures supporters of Gülen movement, Kurds, Turkey Tribunal rapporteurs say

Erdogan possessed by Pharaoh, Herod, Hitler spirits?

Devious Use of International Organizations to Persecute Dissidents Abroad: The Erdogan Case

A “Controlled Coup”: Erdogan’s Contribution to the Autocrats’ Playbook

Why is Turkey’s Erdogan persecuting the Gulen movement?

Purge-victim man sent back to prison over Gulen links despite stage 4 cancer diagnosis

University refuses admission to woman jailed over Gülen links

In Case You Missed It

Arresting police to make Erdoğan happy

Saudi Scholar: Turkish gov’t must give up ‘terrorist’ slander against Gülen

Cancer patient arrested over Gülen links shortly after surgery

‘Who do you like most, Erdoğan or Gülen?’ Turkish teacher asks primary school students

Turkish opposition leader: No witch hunt in democracies

Bank Asya says it weathers ‘stress test’, still strong

Decision to build road on school grounds nonsensical, say parents

Copyright 2022 Hizmet News