As of early 2018, Turkey had 245 journalists locked up, the most in the world. On the other hand, I haven’t heard of Turkey murdering any journalists, the way the Saudis murdered Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul.
Okay, Wikipedia has a list of “Journalists Killed in Turkey,” which lists 9 journalists who have died violently in Turkey in Erdogan’s 15 years in power, but some of those were apparently murdered by non-government criminals.
The State Department has denied a report claiming the Trump administration was mulling how to deport Gulen. The move was reportedly designed to ease pressure on ally Saudi Arabia after a journalist was murdered.
Gulen is a sort of one man iSteve meme come to life. He is an Islamic cult leader who has been holed up in Saylorsburg in the Poconos since the 1990s. My guess is that he is the American deep state’s pro-American Turkish government-in-waiting. His followers run well over 100 charter schools in the U.S., where they are accused of skimming money through immigration fraud and other sharp dealing. The FBI was raiding the Gulen charter school racket in 2014, but then the scandal disappeared. My baseless speculation is that the CIA explained to the FBI that, sure, local American taxpayers were being ripped off by Gulen’s charter school, but it was all in the good cause of having a friendly potential government for the Straits of Constantinople.
He used to be Erdogan’s ally in battling the secularist military, because Gulen’s followers had taken over the police in Turkey via running the test prep centers. Gulen’s guys framed the generals for Erdogan in various show trials, but then they turned on Erdogan over his corruption in 2013, releasing incriminating wiretaps of Erdogan saying he had no more room in his house to store all the bales of money he has ripped off.
Erdogan blamed Gulen for the failed 2016 coup, although I haven’t seen much evidence that it wasn’t just the military, as in previous coups.
Anyway, don’t deport Gulen, but reopen the FBI investigation into his charter schools.