As the state media in Turkey is not reporting the demonstrations fairly, the protesters have turn towards social media for coverage.
The protests against the government started off from a peaceful sit-in to save the Gezi Park in Istanbul on May 28. After the police brutally tried to chase away the participants, including students and children, the people retaliated and things turned violent.
Since the incidents of police ill-treatment and protesters’ requests and demands were not being given coverage by the mainstream media of the country, the Turkish activists turned to Facebook, Twitter and Reddit to spread the word. In fact, in order to let the whole world know about what's going on in Turkey from Turks themselves, the protesters want international media’s support as they ‘push for true democracy in our country.’ And to achieve this purpose they have started to raise funds for a full page advertisement in the Washington Post or the New York times.
The page entitled ‘Full Page Ad for Turkish Democracy in Action: OccupyGezi for the World’ posted on IndieGoGo.com claims ‘$75,097 have been raised of $53,800 goal’.
But not all people are sure whether this campaign is the only thing that can be useful for disseminating information about the Turkey protests. One user on Reddit shares doubts:
“What do they think this will accomplish? Americans will read this and take action to change the situation in Turkey? Why would the US government care what its citizens wanted, even if this ad was convincing to a large group of people? They might as well buy an ad in a Chinese state newspaper.”
There are also some people who think that this fund might just be scam:
“My fear is for people to take advantage of the people who wants to help. If this turns out to be a scam, then it will negatively affect the support we would get.”
Helping people out might be a good idea but to verify before donating funds online is always a wise thing to do. That said, have you heard about this fund-raiser for Turks anywhere else? You can post your answers in the comments section.