France’s public institutions continue to target the Anadolu Agency, which has recently exposed the country’s pressure on Muslims and Turks to the international community with its news and commentary as part of freedom of the press.
The French government has taken steps that will complicate the daily lives of Muslims and provide a legal basis for anti-Islamism, especially in recent months through a draft bill to fight “Islamist separatism” and operations carried out in the name of the fight against terrorism.
Reporting on these developments in France both by meeting with the victims and through the concrete steps taken by the relevant institutions, the agency was targeted by the Paris administration, which defends freedom of expression on every platform.
Recently, in a statement on its social media account, France’s Interministerial Committee for the Prevention of Crime and Radicalization (CIPDR) claimed that Anadolu Agency is a “propaganda body” and “attacking France in a deceptive and slanderous manner” in its opinion pieces.
However, contrary to what the CIPDR claims, the agency, as an international news agency, informs the international public as part of freedom of expression and primarily based on the principle of objective broadcasting.
Additionally, the opinions expressed in the agency’s news and publications, especially regarding France’s practices in question, are also put into words by French academics, journalists and experts.
France’s discriminative policies against Muslims are also often shared in the international press. The New York Times published a criticizing story of French police holding four 10-year-old children in custody for more than 11 hours in Albertville, France, on false allegations of “apology of terrorism.”
CIPDR is affiliated with the Minister Delegate in charge of Citizenship, attached to France’s Interior Minister.