Erdogan's strategy is to make enemies, he's using enmity towards the US, via the New York Times to create the feeling of a leader standing up to the world.

Can Dundar, editor-in-chief, Today's Zaman

As Turkey gears up for its parliamentary elections the treatment of the media has become a focal point of criticism of the ruling party.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been accused of trying to muzzle newspapers critical of his Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the run-up to the June 7 vote.

In the past week alone, Erdogan has publicly accused the editor of the Cumhuriyet newspaper of espionage and slammed the New York Times for holding a grudge against him and Turkey itself.

Erdogan has targeted media outlets associated with the reclusive US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Gulenists, who once supported the AK Party, have turned, and Erdogan accuses the movement of trying to bring down the government.

Talking us through the story are: Bulent Kenes, the editor-in-chief of Today's Zaman; Can Dundar, the editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet; Mehmet Karaca, the Ankara editor-in-chief of ATV; and Besir Atalay, the deputy chair and spokesman for the AKP.

Source: Al Jazeera