In the early summer o f 2011, there had been a number of huge scandals involving the Turkish parliament. The third major party, MHP had many men that had to resign their positions on the board. The reason for this was that the “Farklı Ülkücüler” website posted many scandalous videos of six MPs. These videos contained their private lives and because of this the six MPs resigned. But 4 more people also quit because they got threats from the same site which had displayed the other videos. “The footage on the internet is inappropriate” said Bahçeli, the leader of MHP. When the footage was leaked, all of Turkey learned about this and immediately watched it. The MPs were embarrassed and there was only one reason for all of this publicity. The Media.
The way these videos were publicized is very controversial because when the newspaper gave the links to websites, everybody dashed to their computers and watched them. Because we live in a world surrounded by social media, people tweeted and posted the links on Facebook. So the people who hadn’t read the paper in the morning still had a chance to watch them.
Not only did the MPs got their personal lives ruined but the people who were also in the videos had theirs ruined too. For instance in one of the tapes, there’s a teacher and her 5 year-old daughter. Their names were printed on the paper and they were known all over the country in a horrible way.
We see many scandals involving powerful people every day. It was yet another example: because of all the publicity around the MHP men, they had to resign from very important positions. The media should not be vultures all over the remnants of human dignity and should just leave everybody’s personal business alone.