Ever since Recep Tayyep Erdogan assumed power in Turkey, the once liberal country is undergoing a drastic, state-sponsored radical change.
Also, critics pointed out that the exclamation mark at the end of the headline suggests that the newspaper is celebrating the deaths.
The newspaper has strong ties with Turkish President Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) – which has never shied from pro-Islamist leanings.
According to a report, the newspaper has often expressed support for the Al Qaeda.
Turkish think-tank the Hrant Dink Foundation revealed to the media that the paper has a long history of publishing condemnable articles and views on LGBTs, Christians, Jews and every other minority in Turkey.
The Press Freedom Index of Turkey over five years till 2015.Freedom House
Erdogan has been sending his detractors in the press to the prison.
He had published an investigative article on how Turkey was arming Syrian rebels.
Editor of Cumhuriyet, Can Dündar. Police.gov.in
Thousands of journalists in Turkey are facing charges called ‘insult to the President’ ever since Erdogan came to power. In 2015, a 13-year-old child was also arrested for criticizing Erdogan on Facebook.
The 2016 Press Freedom Index of Turkey as per Reporters Without Borders. RSF
In a report published in May this year, The Economist observed how Erdogan “hounded” Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu to resign paving the way for his one-man-rule over the country.