‘Cheer the violence and it will all blow up on your face’

“We politicians are responsible for the murders committed in our country…”

‘His Excellency’ will be reminded of this statement every day.

He deserves much more than this; he deserves a loud, sonorous, collective reminder.

His country reeks of police violence and male violence.

His Excellency is busy with trying to boss everyone in line. In his mental world he puts everything in order of rank and conceitedly advises each leader to partake in condemnations concerning injustices dealt to those he considers as “one of us”.

The women, who want to join the funeral of a fellow female and show their emotions like any other citizen, are driven practically mad by the urban shopkeepers on the brink of explosion, and they are arbitrarily taken into custody – how can you expect calm, domestic peace or mutual trust in a country like that?

The end-result is clear.

Look how the number of women killed at the hand of male violence has increased in the last six years:

2009: 80

2010: 180

2011: 121

2012: 210

2013: 214

2014: 294

Meryem Yılmaz, aged 27 and mother of three kids, was stabbed to death by her husband.

The whole country is shocked by how Özgecan Aslan fell victim to male atrocities.

Have no doubt that the numbers will grow.

For politicians here are not responsible or anything of the murders committed in their country. They don’t care to show any response, and more important, they don’t care to stop and think to do something for peace and safety.

If any citizen gets killed, they first check his/her social identity.

If s/he is not “one of us”, they forget to show even a minimum of human sympathy and prefer to crack down on the victim.

This is a country where children fall victim to state violence and their mothers are jeered at – in a hysterical way unseen in even the darkest regimes.

If you think of it, it is an enormous moral decay.

They don’t let you say “woman”, they insist on “madam”.

The whole place is full of “ma’am”s.

So much so that you would think, “Wow, apparently this country has a great male sensitivity towards gender equality.”

Yet, the fact is that the expression “ma’am” is a symbol concept of an extremely fake, sneaky and ostracizing kind of moralism that has overtaken the country. It is the emptiest word that belongs to a male rule running rampant.

Irmak Yenişehirlioğlu, in a tweet where she shared her deep sorrow for Özgecan, said, “We are a moralist, immoral nation. They need to put us in quarantine.”

His Excellency’s discourse of “order” is built on anger, but the “wrapping” is enviable.

It makes you think of a passion for an “ideal society”.

However, the inside of the wrapping is all pus.

It is true, yes; you politicians are responsible of the murders committed in your country.

You are there on the very top to serve all the people of this country, the people you are representing; and if those people have slid into a state of fear, oppression and unrest the responsibility is yours.

Each murder, each arbitrary arrest, each suffering that violates the law adds a new tick on your checklist of responsibilities.

We are at a stage where thousands of women angrily take to the streets in various cities and it can only demonstrate that we are at the brink of explosion.

This is because in an unfortunate nation like ours, women have a much more intense feeling for the social schism, polarization, mutual enmity and fear that we are living in.

This pouring into the streets and this wave of fury has been the strongest alarm signal so far. If women are standing up and defying security officers, it means the threshold has become very clear.

A domineering rigidness paved the way to the Gezi Park protests. And it was the same challenging and derisive attitude towards Kobane that led to uprisings in towns and cities.

Now it’s the women.

You are making yourself a target of their resentment.

The newspaper of a so-called journalist, whom you have on your plane like a fixture each time you go on a visit, reflected the Özgecan incident as if it served her right.
You impose a lumpen politics on the country.

This won’t go away. Cutting the country open like a watermelon, slicing it like a pear is not what one would call responsible leadership. It is something else.

Just stop.

Or you will blow it all up.

About yavuzbaydar

Yavuz Baydar 39 yıllık gazeteci. Mesleğe İsveç Radyosu'nda muhabir olarak başladı, oradan TV ve yazılı basına geçti. Sırasıyla Cumhuriyet İsveç muhabirliği, BBC Türkçe Servisi'nde yapımcı-sunuculuk, Yeni Yüzyıl'da dış haberler servis şefliği, Milliyet'te editörlük yaptı. 1999 yılı başında Milliyet Okur Temsilcisi olarak, medyada kurumsal bir 'özdenetim' yapısı olan ombudsmanlığı Türkiye'ye tanıtan ve ilk uygulayan kişi oldu. Bu görevi Milliyet ardından Sabah'ta da sürdürdü. Toplam 15 yıl süren bu görevi nedeniyle dünyanın en kıdemli ve 'uzman' ombudsmanlarından biri sayılıyor. Baydar, merkezi ABD'de bulunan Dünya Medya Ombudsmanları Örgütü'nde (ONO) başkanlık ve yürütme kurulu üyeliğini de üstlendi. Türkiye'ye döndüğü 1990'lı yılların ortasından bu yana çeşitli TV kanallarında başta Soru-Cevap olmak üzere çok sayıda analiz-tartışma programını hazırlayıp sunmuş olan Baydar, düzenli olarak Süddeutsche Zeitung ve The Arab Weekly için yorumlar yazmakta. Baydar, Ocak 2014'te bir grup meslektaşı ile beraber medya bağımsızlığı ve özgürlüğü alanında çalışmalar yürütmek üzere Bağımsız Gazetecilik Platformu'nun (P24) kurucu üyeleri arasında yer aldı. 2000 yılında 'Okur Temsilcisi' olarak yaptığı çalışmalar nedeniyle Çağdaş Gazeteciler Derneği'nin (ÇGD) Özel Ödülü'ne layık bulunan Baydar, 2014 yılında da, Avrupa'nın 'Pulitzer'i sayılan Avrupa Basın Ödülü'nü (EPP) 'meslekte mükemmeliyet' tanımlamasıyla aldı. 2004'te Michigan Üniversitesi'nde Knight-Wallace Araştırma Bursu ile 'Ortadoğu, demokrasi ve medya' konulu mesleki çalışmalar yapan Baydar, 2014 sonbaharında da Harvard Üniversitesi'ne bağlı Kennedy School'da 'Shorenstein Fellow' olarak Türkiye medyasında sansürün ve mali yozlaşmanın yayılmasını ele alan uzun bir rapor yayınladı. Baydar ayrıca Guardian, El Pais, New York Times gibi gazetelere de aralıklı olarak yorum ve analiz makaleleri yazıyor.
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