Chronology of Events

August 2011


1 August 2011

After generals' resignation, Turkey enters uncertain period


Isik Kosaner, chief of the General Staff, together with the heads of the army, navy and air force stepped down on Friday (July 29th), sending shockwaves through Ankara.
More…http://www.setimes.com/cocoon/setimes/xhtml/en_GB/features/setimes/features/2011/08/01/feature-02


Turkey Sticks to 'Limited' Application of the Geneva Convention


The Geneva Convention on the treatment of victims of war signed in 1951 is entering its 60th year. Turkey applies a "limited" version of the convention since 1968 despite domestic and international criticism.
More…http://www.bianet.org/english/world/131856-turkey-sticks-to-limited-application-of-the-geneva-convention


UK lawmakers: Turkey must improve border control to join EU


A group of UK lawmakers called on the EU on Monday to make arrangements for Turkey to take some of the attributes of membership in the Union prior to its full accession.
(UK Parliament, BBC, FT, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Belfast Telegraph, Daily Mail - 01/08/11)
Turkey must strengthen its border controls before joining the EU, a group of UK lawmakers said in a report released on Monday (August 1st), warning that the country's accession would pose risks to the security of the 27-nation bloc's external border.
More…http://www.setimes.com/cocoon/setimes/xhtml/en_GB/features/setimes/features/2011/08/01/feature-05


Convicted for "Passing on Greetings"


Mehmet Bayraktar, lawyer of imprisoned PKK leader Öcalan, was sentenced to one year behind bars on the grounds of delivering Öcalan's greetings at a meeting. The decision was brought to the Court of Appeals.
More…http://www.bianet.org/english/minorities/131867-convicted-for-passing-on-greetings


Turkish Court Sentences Dink Killer to 23 Years in Prison


A Turkish court yesterday sentenced the trigger-man in the 2007 murder of International Press Institute (IPI) World Press Freedom Hero Hrant Dink to almost 23 years in prison.
A juvenile court in Istanbul imposed nearly the maximum sentence on ultranationalist Ogün Samast – who was 17 at the time of Dink’s killing – after convicting him of premeditated murder and carrying an unlicensed gun
Samast gunned down Dink, the editor-in-chief of Armenian-Turkish newspaper Agos, in broad daylight outside of Dink’s office in Istanbul.
Dink had received numerous death threats from Turkish nationalists who viewed his journalism as treacherous. He had also faced legal problems for denigrating "Turkishness" under Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code in his articles about the massacre of Armenians during the First World War.
IPI Director Alison Bethel McKenzie said: “We welcome the conviction and sentence of Mr. Dink’s murderer, and we hope it brings a measure of closure to his family. Nevertheless, we call on Turkish authorities to hold all those involved in this heinous crime accountable, from those who facilitated it to the masterminds who ordered it.”
A hearing is currently scheduled this Friday in the trial of 18 other defendants charged with involvement in the murder. Their cases were separated from the case against Samast due to his age at the time of the slaying.
The European Court of Human Rights ruled in September that Turkish authorities failed to protect Dink despite having information about plots targeting him.
In other news, 39 detained journalists in Turkey marked the 103rd anniversary of the Day of Journalists and Resistance to Censorship on 24 July by publishing the first issue of the Prisoner Gazette. Printed in black and white, it was distributed together with the dailies Evrensel, Özgür Gündem, Azadiya Welat, Birgün, Aydınlık and Cumhuriyet newspaper.
Contributors to the publication included IPI World Press Freedom Hero Nedim Şener – who was recognized last year for his investigative journalism, and who wrote a book linking authorities to Dink’s murder – and journalist Ahmet Şik. As of next Aug. 3, both Şener and Şik will have spent 150 in prison since being detained in March.
Last week Şener applied to the European Court of Human Rights claiming violations of the European Convention on Human Rights regarding “the prohibition of torture”, “the right to liberty and security” and “the right to freedom of expression”. He requested that the court suspend his detention as an interim measure.
The South and East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an IPI affiliate, supports this statement.


Q&A: Two of Turkey's Leading Journalists Speak from Jail.


The arrest of Ahmet Sik and Nedim Sener in March this year has put press freedom in Turkey under the international spotlight. Authorities said the journalists had not been detained because of their reporting but as part of an ongoing investigation into an alleged ultranationalist plot to overthrow the government known as "Ergenekon." On a recent visit to Turkey, I sent written questions to the reporters in their Istanbul jail through their lawyers and they replied in writing.
http://www.cpj.org/blog/2011/08/qa-two-of-turkeys-leading-journalists-speak-from-j.php


Court Insists on Defendants' Phone Records


The prosecution of Erhan Tuncel and Yasin Hayal, alleged instigators to the murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Dink, was continued on 29 July. The court dismissed the objection made by the Telecommunication Communication Presidency on delivering the requested information.
http://bianet.org/english/minorities/131855-court-insists-on-defendants-phone-records

2 August 2011

Lawyer sentenced for "spreading propaganda"


Mehmet Bayraktar, the lawyer of imprisoned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan, has been sentenced to imprisonment of one year after delivering greetings from the imprisoned leader at a meeting.
More…http://www.ifex.org/turkey/2011/08/02/bayraktar_sentenced/


Sentenced for Propaganda - Organization Inactive since 1994


A Special Authority Court in Ankara convicted a student on charges of "propaganda for an illegal organization" on the grounds of a certain slogan. The student rejected the charges. The organization referred to by court has been inactive for 17 years.
More…http://www.bianet.org/english/freedom-of-expression/131884-sentenced-for-propaganda---organization-inactive-since-1994


Turkey Press Scan


These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 2, 2011.
More… http://www.turkishweekly.net/news/120610/turkey-press-scan-02-august-2011-.html


Top Army Commanders Involved in "Internet Memorandum" Trial


The General Staff allegedly established dozens of anti-government internet sites. The second statement of Colonel Dursun Çiçek, detained defendant of the trial to the "Action Plan against Reactionary Forces", contradicted the statements of several high-rank commanders.
More… http://www.bianet.org/english/politics/131889-top-army-commanders-involved-in-internet-memorandum-trial


University student imprisoned


University student Mehmet Adiguzel was convicted by the Ankara Special Authority 12th High Criminal Court on charges of shouting the slogan "Long live Dev-Sol, human dignity will besiege the torturer, oppression does not daunt us". He was convicted despite the fact that he claimed not to have shouted such a slogan and despite a report which stated that Dev-Sol is no longer active.
More…http://www.ifex.org/turkey/2011/08/10/adiguzel_sentenced/


Right after our "How to End Murders of Women?" article there was a news article about 23 women committing suicide in Sanliurfa in one month. Wherever you look, there is an increasing tendency in the last decade towards domestic violence, crimes with firearms, robberies, thefts, informal economy etc. These facts are obvious in the news items published in the press. However, surprisingly the statistics Turkey published indicates a decline in the cases of school violence!
http://www.umut.org.tr/en/haftaninyorumu.aspx?id=24683


Sentenced for Propaganda - Organization Inactive since 1994


A Special Authority Court in Ankara convicted a student on charges of "propaganda for an illegal organization" on the grounds of a certain slogan. The student rejected the charges. The organization referred to by court has been inactive for 17 years.
http://bianet.org/english/freedom-of-expression/131884-sentenced-for-propaganda---organization-inactive-since-1994

3 August 2011

Kemal Burkay returns to Turkey


After decades in exile, Kurdish intellectual and politician Kemal Burkay is back home in hopes of advancing the peace agenda.
By Menekse Tokyay for Southeast European Times in Istanbul – 03/08/11
Kemal Burkay, a prominent poet, intellectual, and one of the most important figures in Kurdish politics, returned to Turkey on July 30th after three decades in exile. More…http://www.setimes.com/cocoon/setimes/xhtml/en_GB/features/setimes/features/2011/08/03/feature-03


A New Direction for Turkey’s Democracy?


Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and top military commanders at the mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk after the military's annual meeting, August 1, 2011, Ankara, Turkey
My report from Turkey in the current New York Review of Books asserts that civilian power in that country has “emerged from the shadow of military power, a breakthrough of historic proportions.”
More…http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2011/aug/03/new-direction-turkeys-democracy/


Politician sentenced to two years in jail in connection with speech


 Kurdish politician Aysel Tugluk, an independent representative in Van, was handed a two-year prison sentence for "making propaganda for a terrorist organization" in one of her speeches.
More…http://www.ifex.org/turkey/2011/08/03/tugluk_sentenced/


Çiçek Confirms Order to Launch Websites


A retired soldier accused of plotting against the government has confirmed the existence of an alleged official order to set up websites defaming the ruling party in a statement that could further inflame tensions in Ankara.
More… http://www.turkishweekly.net/news/120735/cicek-confirms-order-to-launch-websites.html


Two-year Prison Sentence for Kurdish Politician Tuğluk


The independent Deputy of Van, Aysel Tuğluk, was sentenced to imprisonment of two years on charges of "spreading propaganda for a terrorist organization".
More… http://www.bianet.org/english/minorities/131905-two-year-prison-sentence-for-kurdish-politician-tugluk


'Turks Lack Knowledge, Learn From Television'


The average Turkish family believes it has insufficient knowledge on a number of pertinent issues, yet 65 percent think it is "unnecessary" to attend educational programs that could help them rectify their problems, recent research has revealed.
More… http://www.turkishweekly.net/news/120733/%E2%80%98turks-lack-knowledge-learn-from-television%E2%80%99.html


History of Turkey’s media and power relations 
by Eleanor Oxford


To understand a country’s media is effectively to understand the key actors who have nurtured it into existence and influenced its progression along its path to a fully fledged fourth institution.
More… http://www.todayszaman.com/news-252640-history-of-turkeys-media-and-power-relations-by-eleanor-oxford.html


Professional journalism? Not in Turkey!


Blue murder is being cried over the lack of press freedom in Turkey. You never hear about the other side of the medal: journalists give themselves too many freedoms. Journalist Banu Güven (photo): ‘Extreme language and polarization sell.’
More… http://www.journalistinturkey.com/stories/politics/objective-journalism-not-in-turkey_2259/


Turkish Press Scan August 3rd


These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 3, 2011. Cumhuriyet English does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
More.. http://en.cumhuriyet.com/?hn=266282


French newspaper manufactures false story on ‘Islamic threat in Turkey'


French news weekly Le Point on Tuesday published an interview with a Turkish professor who said Turkey faces the threat of being taken over by Islamic fundamentalism, featuring statements most of which were denied by the interviewee.
More… http://www.todayszaman.com/news-252622-french-newspaper-manufactures-false-story-on-islamic-threat-in-turkey.html


KCK trial suspended to August 10


The "KCK trial" against 152 people including Kurdish politicians and human rights defenders, which began this morning after yesterday's hearing was adjourned, was once more suspended until10 August because the court demanded the presence of all arrestees.
http://en.firatnews.com/index.php?rupel=article&nuceID=2806

4 August 2011

Economic crisis alert in Turkey


As the economies of the eurozone struggle, Turkey's own economy begins to look vulnerable.
By Alakbar Raufoglu for Southeast European Times -- 04/08/11
Turkey's economic performance since the 2001 financial crisis has transformed the country from a classic economic basket case into one of the world's fastest growing countries.
More…http://www.setimes.com/cocoon/setimes/xhtml/en_GB/features/setimes/features/2011/08/04/feature-02


Why Not Prepare the Constitution Online?


All the citizens of Turkey are eagerly waiting for a new constitution. After the latest disputes in between the government and the military, political tension rose; but with the resignations of the top generals, everything now, seems to be as they should be in any democracy.
More… http://www.turkishweekly.net/news/120884/why-not-prepare-the-constitution-online.html


New broadcast standards for television stations in Turkey


http://dorduncukuvvetmedya.com/3808-tvlere-yeni-yayin-standardi-geliyor.html

5 August 2011

The region’s only real democracy?


The Turkish military elite, known for decades as the defender of the secular Turkish republic, found itself checkmated this week by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
More…http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/the-region-s-only-real-democracy-1.377104


TV Commercials to Be Viewer-Friendly in Turkey


Television viewers will be pleased when new regulations regarding the content, time limits and screen design of television commercials are implemented soon, said Professor Davut Dursun, the chairman of the Supreme Board of Radio and Television, or RTÜK.
More… http://www.turkishweekly.net/news/120932/tv-commercials-to-be-viewer-friendly-in-turkey.html


Press Scan


These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 5, 2011.
More… http://www.turkishweekly.net/news/120981/turkey-press-scan-05-august-2011-.html


World Values Survey reveals important trends in Turkey


The results of a recent poll by Yilmaz Esmer of Bahcesehir University under the auspices of the 2011 World Values Survey suggest important trends and changes in Turkish society.
More…http://www.setimes.com/cocoon/setimes/xhtml/en_GB/features/setimes/features/2011/08/05/feature-03




Turkey backtracks on controversial Internet filtering plans


In the face of increasing concerns from the public over a planned Internet filtering system to be imposed in late August, Turkey's Internet watchdog decided not to oblige Internet users to choose a filtering option and postponed the introduction of the system until November.

More… http://www.todayszaman.com/news-252787-turkey-backtracks-on-controversial-internet-filtering-plans.html

Internet Filtering Plan Delayed Until November


Turkish government makes changes to its heavily criticized Internet filtering plan by removing two of the filter packages and delaying the implementation date from Aug 22 to Nov 22.
More… http://www.turkishweekly.net/news/121019/internet-filtering-plan-delayed-until-november.html


Internet filtering plan delayed until November


The Turkish government makes changes to its heavily criticized Internet filtering plan by removing two of the filter packages and delaying the implementation date from Aug 22 to Nov 22. While a draft of the new system will be online for 10 days to receive feedback from the public, some experts say there should be no filters
More… http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=internet-filtering-plan-delayed-until-november-2011-08-05


Famous TV host released after questioning under "Deniz Feneri e.V." investigation


Ugur Arslan, a famous TV host who was detained under "Deniz Feneri e.V." investigation, was released Friday after interrogated by prosecutors carrying out the probe.
More… http://en.cumhuriyet.com/?hn=266904


Turkish bureaucrats are literature watchdogs


A 10-member board headed by an agricultural economist and including a doctor, an imam and a psychologist is the only legal body in Turkey authorised to send a piece of literature to court for obscenity.
More..http://en.cumhuriyet.com/?hn=266888

7 August 2011

Turkey’s EU talks: heading into the end game?


Up until now, no country that began negotiations for EU membership has failed to join. There have been difficult cases, the most well known being France vetoing the UK twice.
More… http://www.todayszaman.com/columnist-252909-turkeys-eu-talks-heading-into-the-end-game.html


Europe without Turkey


AMSTERDAM – Most European citizens (for example, more than 60% in France and Germany) believe that Turkey should not become part of the European Union.


More... http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/buruma52/English


A new local newspaper and TV station will be founded by CHP parliement member Durdu Özpalat.


http://www.kazete.com.tr/chpli-milletvekili-tv-ve-gazete-kuruyor_16688.htm

8 August 2011

Trouble in Turkey


The dissociation of Turkey from the West is already upon us. Ominous changes are afoot in the old seat of the Ottoman Empire. In a stunning and unprecedented turn of events, Turkey’s entire military brass – including chief-of-staff General Isik Kosaner and the commanders of the army, air force, and navy – resigned en masse Friday.
More…http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Editorials/Article.aspx?id=232160


Press Scan (08 August 2011)


ANKARA (A.A) - These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 8, 2011.
More… http://www.turkishweekly.net/news/121147/turkey-press-scan-08-august-2011-.html


Kurdish issue reaches pivotal point


During national elections in June, the Kurdish-backed political party BDP managed to get 36 members elected to parliament. Though the victory of the BDP-backed independent candidates was initially a cause for celebration, the situation quickly deteriorated when the candidacy of one of the elected parliamentarians, Hatip Dicle, was nullified post-election.
More…http://www.setimes.com/cocoon/setimes/xhtml/en_GB/features/setimes/articles/2011/08/08/reportage-01


University Exam Puzzle Continues in Turkey


The controversy around Turkey’s university exam continued Aug. 5, the last day of the application period, with several university candidates receiving text messages on their mobile phones saying their scores had been miscalculated.
More… http://www.turkishweekly.net/news/121122/university-exam-puzzle-continues-in-turkey.html


CHP extends support to jailed colleagues, slams justice system


Parliamentary deputies of the main oppostion Republican People’s Party attend an Ergenekon case hearing in Silivri to extend support to their two collegaues in prison; Mustafa Balbay and Mehmet Haberal
Forty-five members of Turkey’s main opposition staged a high-profile visit to two of its jailed deputies Monday, attending a court hearing for the pair and criticizing the “theatrical” nature of Turkish justice.
More… http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=chp-extends-support-to-jailed-colleagues-slams-justice-system-2011-08-08


Berivan film, banned in Turkey but presented at Cannes


http://en.firatnews.com/index.php?rupel=article&nuceID=2828


Parliamentary deputies of the main oppostion Republican People's Party attend an Ergenekon case hearing in Silivri to extend support to their two collegaues in prison; Mustafa Balbay and Mehmet Haberal.
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=chp-extends-support-to-jailed-colleagues-slams-justice-system-2011-08-08

9 August 2011

Turkey risks Syria's friendship in last-ditch effort to end violence


Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoğlu is in Damascus today to warn Syria's President Assad against continuing his crackdown on the country's uprising.
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (l) meets with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu in Damascus August 9. Davutoğlu arrived in Syria on Tuesday to give Assad a robust message about the need to halt a military assault on protesters.
More… http://www.csmonitor.com/World/terrorism-security/2011/0809/Turkey-risks-Syria-s-friendship-in-last-ditch-effort-to-end-violence


Retired colonel arrested in anti-government Internet campaign probe


A retired colonel, for whom an Istanbul court issued an arrest warrant along with 13 other retired and active duty military officers over their suspected involvement in a plan to destabilize the government through an Internet campaign, was arrested on Tuesday. More…http://www.todayszaman.com/news-253187-retired-colonel-arrested-in-anti-government-internet-campaign-probe.html


Propoganda websites probe closes in on ret. Gen. Basbug


Investigators are increasingly concentrating on the role of former Chief of General Staff retired Gen. Ilker Basbug in an ongoing probe into allegations that the military conducted an online campaign to undermine the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), in which 14 military officers so far stand accused.
More…http://www.todayszaman.com/news-253268-propoganda-websites-probe-closes-in-on-ret-gen-basbug.html


Turkey Press Scan (09 August 2011)


These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 9, 2011.
More… http://www.turkishweekly.net/news/121325/turkey-press-scan-09-august-2011-.html


When a reporter becomes part of the story


After years of experience in journalism, I’ve learned that a reporter’s job is to tell stories and not become part of them.

More… http://www.todayszaman.com/newsDetail_getNewsById.action;jsessionid=FFA36B23340760B79581F75444F884C3?newsId=253266


Government agency modifies proposed Internet filtering system, postpones its introduction


The Information Technologies Board (BTK) has modified its proposed Internet filtering system and postponed its introduction, in order to allow for further testing and submit the new version to 10 days of public consultation. 
More… http://www.ifex.org/turkey/2011/08/12/filtering_system_cancelled/


Government agency modifies proposed Internet filtering system, postpones its introduction


The Information Technologies Board (BTK) has modified its proposed Internet filtering system and postponed its introduction, in order to allow for further testing and submit the new version to 10 days of public consultation.
http://www.ifex.org/turkey/2011/08/12/filtering_system_cancelled/

10 August 2011

Internet agency retreats on filtering, but does not give up


The Information Technologies Board (BTK) has modified its proposed Internet filtering system and postponed its introduction for further testing and in order to submit the new version to 10 days of public consultation.
More… http://en.rsf.org/turkey-government-agency-wants-to-install-06-05-2011,40238.html


Journalists and Writers Foundation gathers all colors of Turkey at iftar



Many distinguished figures including Turkey's spiritual leaders, politicians, artists, businessmen and journalists came together at the same iftar (fast-breaking dinner) table on Tuesday night in an event held by the Journalists and Writers Foundation (GYV).
More.. http://www.todayszaman.com/news-253353-journalists-and-writers-foundation-gathers-all-colors-of-turkey-at-iftar.html


Turkish Press Scan August 10th


These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 10, 2011. Cumhuriyet English does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
More… http://en.cumhuriyet.com/?hn=268024

11 August 2011

Survey Reveals that Journalists Recognize Media Censorship


A recent report reveals that a very high percentage of journalists in Turkey accept that there is censorship and self-censorship in Turkish media
More…http://www.turkishweekly.net/news/121467/survey-reveals-that-journalists-recognize-media-censorship.html


Watchdog to Stop Regulating the Radio


The Supreme Board of Radio and Television, or RTÜK, may no longer supervise radio broadcasts in Turkey if the board approves a new model for the institution based on its counterparts in the European Union. RTÜK has been supervising Turkish television and radio broadcasts for 17 years.
More… http://www.turkishweekly.net/news/121468/watchdog-to-stop-regulating-the-radio.html


Turkey Press Scan (11 August 2011)


These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 11, 2011.
More…. http://www.turkishweekly.net/news/121529/turkey-press-scan-11-august-2011-.html


Retired General Arrested on ''Black Propaganda''


General Iğsız has been arrested today on the case regarding the establishment of web sites to produce black propaganda against the government and religious segregations. The Army had accepted the existence of the web sites.
More… http://www.bianet.org/english/politics/132043-retired-general-arrested-on-black-propaganda


Watchdog to Stop Regulating the Radio


The Supreme Board of Radio and Television, or RTÜK, may no longer supervise radio broadcasts in Turkey if the board approves a new model for the institution based on its counterparts in the European Union. RTÜK has been supervising Turkish television and radio broadcasts for 17 years.
http://www.turkishweekly.net/news/121468/watchdog-to-stop-regulating-the-radio.html


KCK trial is against Kurdish people


Lawyer Ahsen Cosar, President of Union of Bars of Turkey, Diyarbakir Bar Association President M. Emin Aktar and lawyers from Izmir, Istanbul, Mersin, Mus, Dersim, Ankara, Bitlis and Batman Bar Associations gathered in front of the Diyarbakir 6th High Criminal Court to give support to the 26th trial of the KCK case in which 152 Kurdish politicians, deputies, mayors and human rights defenders are being tried for two years (104 are actually in prison).
http://en.firatnews.com/index.php?rupel=article&nuceID=2844

12 August 2011

Government agency modifies proposed Internet filtering system, postpones its introduction


(RSF/IFEX) - 9 August 2011 - The Information Technologies Board (BTK) has modified its proposed Internet filtering system and postponed its introduction, in order to allow for further testing and submit the new version to 10 days of public consultation.

The BTK announced on its website on 4 August that it is postponing implementation of its directive on "Procedures and Principles regarding Safe Internet Use" from 22 August to 22 November.

Under the modified system, Turkish Internet users will no longer be obliged to install the BTK filtering software on their computers and the number of alternative versions of the software has been reduced from four to two ("family" and "child").

The original version of the BTK directive was referred to the Council of State by the Turkish human rights website Bianet.org, which questioned its legality.

Reporters Without Borders takes note of the BTK's concessions but still thinks the directive should be abandoned altogether, as thousands of demonstrators demanded on 15 May in response to the BTK's original version.


Samanyolu telethon for Somalia raises more than TL 25 million


More than TL 25 million has been raised in a special telethon organized by the Samanyolu Media Group and Turkish charity foundation Kimse Yok Mu (Is Anybody There) for famine-stricken Somalia.
More… http://www.todayszaman.com/news-253527-samanyolu-telethon-for-somalia-raises-more-than-tl-25-million.html


Mainstream Turkish media carries out anti-religious propaganda during Ramadan


With the arrival of the month of Ramadan, the mainstream media in Turkey have initiated an anti-religious campaign, with distorted news reports claiming violence against non-fasting individuals or pressure against secular lifestyles.
More… http://www.todayszaman.com/news-253588-mainstream-turkish-media-carries-out-anti-religious-propaganda-during-ramadan.html


Who are these reporters and journalists supporting the TSK?


The following statement made by the General Staff was published in the Star daily recently: “It should be explained to the public that there is an attempt to create the appearance that the there is a terrorist unit within the Turkish Armed Forces [TSK]. This needs to be done by sending messages to pro-TSK journalists and reporters that state that the evidence [against the officers accused of having attempted a coup] is fabricated.”
More… http://www.todayszaman.com/columnistDetail_getNewsById.action?newsId=253608


CHP has monitored author Yalçin Küçük's case?


http://www.radikal.com.tr/Radikal.aspx?aType=RadikalDetayV3&ArticleID=1059793&Date=12.08.2011&CategoryID=77


Arrested deputy of Turkey's main opposition takes oath in trial


Izmir deputy Mustafa Balbay, who is in jail pending trial, reads the parliamentary oath during the hearing while more than 20 CHP deputies attend an Ergenekon case hearing to extend support to their two colleagues in prison
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=arrested-deputy-of-turkeys-main-opposition-takes-oath-in-trial-2011-08-12

13 August 2011

Turkish bloggers divided over civil-military relations


Following the abrupt resignation of Turkey's top military brass, a heated debate on civil-military relations and democratisation ensued in the Turkish blogosphere.
http://www.setimes.com/cocoon/setimes/xhtml/en_GB/features/setimes/blogreview/2011/08/13/blog-03

14 August 2011

Turkish Press Scan August 14th

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 14, 2011. Cumhuriyet English does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
More… http://en.cumhuriyet.com/?hn=269150


Journalists' freedom to commit crimes


First, let us repeat our manifesto about freedom of the press: News is free and comments are sacred. This slogan was the motto of a Turkish newspaper which used to be published years ago.
More… http://www.todayszaman.com/columnistDetail_getNewsById.action?newsId=253738

15 August 2011

Turkey's prison population growth concerns human rights groups


Turkey's current prison population tops 124,000, the highest in recent years, according to Justice Ministry data.
By Alakbar Raufoglu for Southeast European Times -- 15/08/11
The latest edition of the World Prison Population List, compiled by the London-based research group International Centre for Prison Studies, found the number of people held in Turkey's prisons doubled between 2006 and 2010.

The increase has created concern among domestic and international human rights campaigners, who have rung alarm bells over prison overcrowding.
More…http://www.setimes.com/cocoon/setimes/xhtml/en_GB/keyword/country/Turkey


BDP deputies in front row to protest Danish case against Roj TV


Three deputies from the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) of Turkey were among some 50 Kurds protesting at the first hearing of a trial of a Kurdish-language television station that took place in Copenhagen on Monday, with prosecutors charging the station with promoting the activities of a group linked to terrorism.
More… http://www.todayszaman.com/news-253870-bdp-deputies-in-front-row-to-protest-danish-case-against-roj-tv.html


Turkishny Condemns Outrageous Cyber Attacks


"Serving the Turkish American community already for 7 years, Turkishny.com news portal once again became the target of an organised large scale cyber attack."
http://www.turkishny.com/english-news/5-english-news/63082-turkishny-condemns-outrageous-cyber-attacks-


RojTv lawyers ask for dismissal of case - UPDATE


Defense lawyers of the ROJ TV case have demanded the dismissal of the case on the grounds of an outrageous letter of thanks, sent by the case prosecutors to Turkish authorities.
http://en.firatnews.com/index.php?rupel=article&nuceID=2867

16 August 2011

167 days in jail awaiting an indictment


Thank God that Ahmet Şık’s wife is doing the calculation so that we can see it every day. Monday was journalists Ahmet Şık’s and Nedim Şener’s 166th day in jail, and Tuesday is their 167th day.
More… http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=167-days-in-jail-awaiting-an-indictment-2011-08-16


Turkish director, novelist and actor Yilmaz Guney's films will be screened in the USA and Canada.


http://www.turkishny.com/english-news/5-english-news/63137-late-turkish-actor-yilmaz-guneys-films-to-be-screened-in-usa

17 August 2011

Turkey press scan on August 17


These are some of the major headlines and their summaries from the Turkish press on August 17, 2011. The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
More… http://www.todayszaman.com/news-254006-turkey-press-scan-on-august-17.html


At the trial related to the book, "Anilarla Abdullah Öcalan" by Gülseren Aksu, the author and publisher has been acquitted and the print house owner sentenced to 1 year prison.
http://www.evrensel.net/news.php?id=11972

18 August 2011

Turkish Press Scan August 18th

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 18, 2011. Cumhuriyet English does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
More… http://en.cumhuriyet.com/?hn=270208


42.9 pct of homes in Turkey use internet


42.9 percent of homes in Turkey are connected to the Internet, revealed a survey conducted by TurkStat.
http://en.cumhuriyet.com/?hn=270348

19 August 2011

Police detain eight Ulusal Kanal, Aydinlik workers in Ergenekon probe


Counterterrorism units raided the offices of the Workers' Party (IP), Ulusal Kanal TV station, which is known for its connections to the IP, and Aydinlik magazine, reportedly as part of an investigation into Ergenekon, a clandestine criminal network charged with plotting to overthrow the government, and detained eight suspects on Friday.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-254252-police-detain-eight-ulusal-kanal-aydinlik-workers-in-ergenekon-probe.html

21 August 2011

Most Turkish businesses lack awareness of IT security


Most companies in Turkey are not well prepared for possible security breaches because they underestimate the threat posed by unsafe social network activities via the company’s Internet connection and fail to take the necessary measures in time, pundits told Sunday’s Zaman.
More… http://www.todayszaman.com/news-254388-most-turkish-businesses-lack-awareness-of-it-security.html


Turkish Press Scan August 21st


These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 21, 2011. Cumhuriyet English does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
More… http://en.cumhuriyet.com/?hn=271026


Turkish broadcasters raises TL 21 million in aid for Somalia


Two Turkish broadcasters, ATV and A haber, jointly with the Sabah daily, raised close to TL 21 million during a fundraising telethon to help famine-stricken Somalia on Friday as part of an increasingly growing nationwide campaign in Turkey to help the starving people in the Horn of Africa.
More…http://www.todayszaman.com/news-254411-turkish-broadcasters-raises-tl-21-million-in-aid-for-somalia.html

22 August 2011

Turkey press scan on August 22


These are some of the major headlines and their summaries from the Turkish press on August 22, 2011. The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
More… http://www.todayszaman.com/news-254632-turkey-press-scan-on-august-22.html

23 August 2011

Will minority newspapers survive?


According to London-based Minority Rights Group’s estimates,* there are around 23,000 Jews, 3,000 Greeks, 60,000 Armenians and 15,000 Assyrians living in Turkey today. In total their number is around 100,000.
More… http://www.todayszaman.com/columnistDetail_getNewsById.action?newsId=254732


Legal Steps against State News Agency


About 70 employees of Anadolu Agency were forced into retirement against their will during the last week. The weekly days off were reduced to one, people were appointed against their will, dismissed, oral and written defences were requested, warning fines increased" said Ercan Ipekçi, President of the Turkish Journalists Union (TGS) in an interview with bianet.
http://bianet.org/english/freedom-of-expression/132298-legal-steps-against-state-news-agency


Minority Newspapers Struggle


The Press Advertising Association finished its work to address the problems of minority newspapers. A total of TL 250,000 will be allocated to six minority papers. However, in order to give formal advertising, regulations have to be changed.
http://bianet.org/english/minorities/132299-minority-newspapers-struggle


"No Connections Between Dink Murder and Ergenekon"


After having reviewed information from the police, the prosecutor of the murder trial related to the assassination of Turkish-Armenian journalist Dink apparently did not find any connections between the Dink murder and defendants of the Ergenekon trial.
http://bianet.org/english/minorities/132303-no-connections-between-dink-murder-and-ergenekon

24 August 2011

Police detain five journalists, raid newspaper and TV station


The International Press Institute (IPI) today condemned raids by police in Istanbul on the offices of Aydinlik newspaper and the Ulusal Kanal television station, and the detention of five journalists. 
More… http://www.ifex.org/turkey/2011/08/24/press_office_raids/


Turkish Press Scan August 24th


These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 24, 2011. Cumhuriyet English does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
More… http://en.cumhuriyet.com/?hn=271716


Turkish journalists protest news agency


The Journalists Union of Turkey, or TGS, protested what it called the increasing pressure, threats and harassment, the changing of working hours and other anti-employee practices at the Anatolia News Agency in a written statement Monday. More…http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=turkish-journalists-protest-news-agency-2011-08-24

25 August 2011

Turkey press scan on August 25


These are some of the major headlines and their summaries form the Turkish press on August 25, 2011. The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
More… http://www.todayszaman.com/news-254894-turkey-press-scan-on-august-25.html

26 August 2011

Scribes accused of aiding terror


Two arrested journalists, Ahmet Şık and Nedim Şener, were charged Friday in the completed indictments against them with aiding and abetting the alleged Ergenekon terrorist group.
More…http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=scribes-accused-of-aiding-terror-2011-08-26


All the difficulties in observing Turkey  by Atilla Yayla*


A critical response came from Joost Lagendijk in regards to my article last week titled “Why is The Economist wrong?” His response was called “Why bash your friends?” (Today’s Zaman, Aug. 16, 2011).
More… http://www.todayszaman.com/news-255041-all-the-difficulties-in-observing-turkey-by-atilla-yayla*.html


‘Only 4 reporters are in jail for their work’


Nearly all of the individuals in Turkey who were allegedly arrested or convicted for their journalistic activities were actually prosecuted for crimes unrelated to their work, the Justice Ministry has announced.
More…http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=8216only-4-reporters-are-in-jail-for-their-work8217-2011-08-26


Justice Ministry says journalists not jailed for journalistic activities


The Turkish government has dismissed claims that dozens of outspoken journalists who have been jailed were arrested or convicted because of their journalistic activities and reiterated that the jailed suspects are accused of crimes not directly linked to their profession.
More…http://www.todayszaman.com/news-254999-justice-ministry-says-journalists-not-jailed-for-journalistic-activities.html


Journalism’s descent into the dark danger of the ‘Casbah’


It’s too bad the late Edward Said, the scholar who coined the term “orientalism,” didn’t live to see this latest evidence for his thesis. But if you want to know what’s wrong with the world’s media, a new blog on an upstart website tells it all. 
More… http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=journalism8217s-descent-into-the-dark-danger-of-the-8216casbah8217-2011-08-26


Turkish Press Scan August 26th

These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 26, 2011. Cumhuriyet English does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
More… http://en.cumhuriyet.com/?hn=272356

27 August 2011

Today's Zaman website honored with Outstanding Achievement Award


One of the world's best-known website excellency watchdogs has awarded Today's Zaman's website the Outstanding Achievement Award this year for its content and feature functionality.
More… http://www.todayszaman.com/newsDetail_getNewsById.action?load=detay&newsId=255121&link=255121

28 August 2011

Turkish Press Scan August 28th


These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in Turkish press on August 28, 2011. Cumhuriyet English does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
More… http://en.cumhuriyet.com/?hn=272828


63 journalists are currently imprisoned in Turkey…


59 of them are in prison due to non-journalistic crimes, Ministry of Justice claims.Full list of the imprisoned journalists can be found here. That’s the tricky part. Some use being a journalist as a cover, and but most are accused of non-journalistic crimes to punish oppositionary journalism…
More… http://erkansaka.net/archives/11742


29 August 2011

RTÜK adopts new standards on ads, sponsorship, children


The Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) has adopted new standards in regards to the length of advertisements, sponsorship regulations and children being used in ads aimed at children.
More…http://www.todayszaman.com/news-255346-rtuk-adopts-new-standards-on-ads-sponsorship-children.html

30 August 2011

Turkish Press Review August 30th


Turkish dailies mostly covered in their Tuesday issues the Feast of Ramadan and the 89th anniversary of the Victory Day celebrated all across Turkey on the same day, as well as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's participation in a graduation ceremony at the GATA Military Academy after four years and Turkish General Staff's new web-site.
More… http://en.cumhuriyet.com/?hn=273450


the Fatih Project. Turkish Ministry of Education’s ambitious plan towards digital education


2,5 million tablet computers are planned to be given to pre-college students in an ambition digital education project by Spring 2012
More… http://erkansaka.net/archives/11784

31 August 2011

Turkish Press Review August 31st

Turkish dailies mostly covered in their Wednesday issues Turkish President Abdullah Gul's receiving guests at the Turkish General Staff headquarters as the "Commander in Chief" on the occasion of the August 30 Victory Day.
More… http://en.cumhuriyet.com/?hn=273466