A Turkish newspaper with links to the country’s President has published a headline calling those who died in the Orlando mass shooting ‘perverts’ and ‘deviants’.
Yeni Akit, a right-wing newspaper which has supported the likes of Al-Qaeda in the past, broke news of the attack with the headline: ‘Death toll rises to 50 in bar where perverted homosexuals go!’
The headline has caused a backlash online, where it has been suggested that the exclamation mark indicates that the paper is celebrating the attack, rather than condemning it.
SWAT officers used a controlled explosion to distract Mateen before shooting him dead in a hail of gunfire, with police chiefs saying their actions likely saved ‘many lives.’
ISIS has since claimed responsibility for the attack, though it is unclear exactly what connection Mateen has to the group.
While Mateen called 911 shortly before the attack to pledge allegiance to Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the spiritual leader of the terror group, security services say they have no evidence of contact between him and the organization prior to the attack.
Erdogan has been attempting to crack down on negative headlines about his administration in an attempt to bolster his increasingly unpopular reputation as many Turks feel his views do not represent their own.