Reactions by international watchdog groups to the detention of Gülenist journalists were quite telling about the nature of these groups. These detentions were evaluated as oppression while the same groups legitimized to Israel’s killing of 15 journalists during Operation Protective Edge
The recent detention of a group of Gülenists in connection with a plot against a rival religious group caused a stir. Among the outside entities who were quick to condemn the event as an act of repression of the media were watchdog groups such as the Committee to Protect Journalist (CPJ), Freedom House (FH) and others who have long had an axe to grind with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. A comparison of CPJ’s two press freedom responses, those towards Turkey and Israel, reveals a glaring double standard. The pro-Israel dominance in such organizations may give some clues as to why.