Dutch journalist Wilco van Herpen, who has lived in Turkey for more than 14 years, writes that reactions to his coverage of the protests at Istanbul’s Taksim Square have made him feel like a “foreigner” in a country he has long considered home.
Following the news and in the meantime also sometimes putting some of the information I got on my Facebook page, reactions started to come in. A lot of people were “liking” my messages and writing their ideas and feelings about Gezi Park. But there was another development as well. People started criticizing me for giving space on Facebook to these events. Suddenly I became a foreigner who could not know and should not write or have an opinion about the things going on in Turkey.
Date created : 2013-06-12