Filiz Barın Akman


How Did the Western Media See Turkey’s July 15 Coup Attempt?
A Discourse Analysis: Orientalism, Neo-imperialism and Islamophobia

This book is an answer to the question: What is the disinformation on Turkey’s coup attempt?

The night of July 15, 2016 was long for Turkey. Many bizarre occurrences that no democratic country would like to experience happened on that fateful and hot summer night. A military coup was in action. Some soldiers—also known as FETÖ terrorists—declared a military takeover on national TV, holding the trembling anchorwoman at gun point while tanks rolled in the streets, bulldozing cars and civilians alike, helicopters rained down bullets on unsuspecting protestors; access to the Bosphorus Bridge was blocked, fighter jets began to fly eerily low, Turkish Parliament was bombed with impunity. With the dawn it became apparent the perpetrators of the night’s bloody coup attempt had destroyed many government buildings and killed some 250 people and wounded more than 2000, some suffering serious injuries such as loss of limbs.

What would the response of any country in the West be when encountered by such unacceptable atrocities? To resist bravely and sacrifice unselfishly? This is what Turks did that night.

Turks’ unprecedented bravery and sacrifice in defense of democracy, freedom, and country against a military intervention was an exemplary act of civil defense, but it is seldom recognized or appreciated as such in the West.

This book shows this lack of solidarity with the Turkish people in their defiance of the coup as a result of biased news coverage of the July 15, 2016 coup attempt in the mainstream Western media. The main objective of this detailed media analysis is therefore to inform the Western public about Turkish people’s view of the coup attempt and ultimately forge a reconciliatory understanding between the peoples of the East and West by pointing out the discrepancies between Turks’ experiences and Western media’s representations of the same incident.