Market players in Turkey reportedly ‘boycott’ Reuters

The outrage in Turkey over the recent killings of 24 soldiers spilled over into the area of economics research and analysis yesterday, with the potential to hurt a major news agency, according to a report by the Gazeteport website.

Due to its policy of describing members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) as “rebels,” instead of “terrorists,” Reuters news agency was targeted by some bank analysts and market players, according to Gazeteport.

“Bankers and market players have decided not to comment for Reuters,” the website said in its report yesterday. “Market players, including those at treasuries of major banks, are planning to say no to requests for interviews and comments from Reuters, until the agency starts using the term terrorist.”

“In the beginning, it was not an organized movement,” said a market player, speaking to Gazeteport on condition of anonymity. “But later we received news that everyone would join in this. We will not give market commentary to Reuters if it continues to use this term, which constitutes propaganda for terrorism on the international front.”

Speaking to the Hürriyet Daily News, a Reuters spokesperson said the agency is “committed to unbiased and impartial reporting,” adding that in line with its global editorial policies, Reuters does not refer to any organization or individual as “terrorists.”

Thursday, October 20, 2011
ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News