Chronology of Events

September 2011


18 September 2011

Rate of Turks against EU membership reaches 35-40 percent


Turkey's European Union minister and chief negotiator, Egemen Bagis, said on Saturday that the rate of Turks who oppose Turkey's EU membership has reached 35-40 percent, during the eighth Yalta European Strategy forum in Ukraine.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-257144-rate-of-turks-against-eu-membership-reaches-35-40-percent.html


Topic: A banner which strikes by itself: This article is about a banner in front of the building of the Sabah ATV group. On the banner is the following sentence written: at this working place is a strike. It is also written in this article that there is still a black list in the media and that in this list are the names of journalists written, which are part of a strike. And that it very difficult for those journalists to find a job afterwards.
http://bianet.org/bianet/insan-haklari/132556-tek-basina-grev-yapan-pankart


Tweetshirts gain popularity among Turkey's youth


Twitter has changed the way people communicate around the world, and recently "tweets," personalized statements, questions, poems, or plays on words limited to a total of 140 characters, of the kind posted on the site have begun to make their way onto T-shirts in Turkey, thanks to an idea developed by a Turkish web designer.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-257099-tweetshirts-gain-popularity-among-turkeys-youth.html


Topic: The ministery of justice told that 59 of 63 journalists are not in prison because if their writings, that there are in prison because of acts which have nothing to do with journalism. Pehlivan and Karaman both journalists who worked at the Odatv applied to the ECJ, because they were in prison for 7 months and that this is something against their freedom of expression. The second part of the article explains the pressure of AA against the journalists who work for them.
http://www.tgc.org.tr/bizimgazete.asp

16 September 2011

Eight detained in anti-KCK operation in Semdinli


Turkish police detained eight people in an operation carried out against the Kurdish Communities Union (KCK), an umbrella political organization that includes the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) terrorist organization, in the Semdinli district of the southeastern province of Hakkari on Friday.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-256945-eight-detained-in-anti-kck-operation-in-semdinli.html


German Minister Visits Hürriyet Daily News


Germany's Minister of State and Commissioner for Migration and Integration, Maria Böhmer visited Hürriyet Daily News' Istanbul Office on Friday.
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=german-minister-visits-hurriyet-daily-news-2011-09-16


Journalists receive Hrant Dink award


Ahmet Altan, the editor-in-chief of daily Taraf, and Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho have received the third International Hrant Dink Award, which is named in honor of assassinated Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink.
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=journalists-receive-hrant-dink-award-2011-09-16


Two hadicaped activists hit the road


Journalist Hüseyin Eroglu (48), who has been walking with crutches since the age of 2, and his artist friend Aydin Erkus (53), who is also on crutches, started a journey from Istanbul to Bodrum yesterday on a motorcycle as a part of the of the "800 Kilometers Handicapped" project.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-256990-two-handicapped-activists-hit-the-road.html


RTÜK issues warnings to television stations


The Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) has issued warnings to TV stations broadcasting health programs that were found to be using subliminal advertising for herbal medicine during their shows.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-257045-rtuk-issues-warnings-to-television-stations.html


Turkey Press Freedom Review September 16th


Turkish dailies mostly covered in their Friday issues Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's talks in Tunisia, the second stop of his historic tour of northern Africa, Besiktas' victory over Israel's Maccabi Tel Aviv in the UEFA Europa League and the court's decision to sentence former Interior Minister Mehmet Agar to five years in prison for being a member of the Susurluk gang.
http://en.cumhuriyet.com/?hn=277586

15 September 2011

Gov't seeks to shorten long trials


Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin believes that not the long detentions but the lengthy trial periods is the biggest problem of the Turkish judicial system. 'Instead of discussing long detention periods, we should perhaps focus on the excessive length of trial processes,' he says in an interview with the Hürriyet Daily News
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=gov8217t-seeks-to-shorten-long-trials-2011-09-15


TGC'den Isik Kosaner'e ait oldugu iddia edilen sözlere yanit: "Gazeteciler yalnizca halka hizmet eder"


TGC açiklamasinda Önceki Genelkurmay Baskani Kosaner'e ait oldugu iddia edilen sözlerin sik olmadigina dikkat çekerek "Zaten gazetecilik yalnizca halkin gerçekleri ögrenme hakkina hizmet ettigi için 70 meslektasimiz hapiste, disaridakiler de 10 bine yakin davayla karsi karsiyadir"dedi.
ISTANBUL-Türkiye Gazeteciler Cemiyeti Yönetim Kurulu Önceki Genelkurmay Baskani Isik Kosaner'e ait oldugu iddia edilen ses kaydindaki "Basin demek, basin mensubunun görevi demek, haber olabilecek bir seyi yakalarsa çok afedersiniz anasini bile satar" sözleri üzerine bir açiklama yapti.
Türkiye Gazeteciler Cemiyeti Yönetim Kurulu yaptigi açiklamada "Gazeteciler yalnizca halkin gerçekleri ögrenme hakkina hizmet eder" dedi. Türkiye Gazeteciler Cemiyeti'nin açiklamasi söyle:
"Gazetecilik meslegi etik kurallari olan bir meslektir. Gazetecilik halkin gerçekleri ögrenme hakkina hizmet eder. Bu nedenle de hiçbir gücü memnun etme gibi bir vazifesi bulunmamaktadir. Önceki Genelkurmay Baskani Isik Kosaner'e aitoldugu iddia edilen sözlerin sik olmadigi ortadadir.
Her meslekte oldugu gibi gazetecilik meslegiyle ilgili yapilan hatalarda tüm gazetecilere mal edilemez. Zaten gazetecilik yalnizca halkin gerçekleri ögrenme hakkina hizmet ettigi için 70 meslektasimiz hapiste, disaridakiler de 10 bine yakin davaylakarsi karsiyadir. Her gün bir baska güç sahibinin gazetecileri ölümle tehdit etmesi de olagan hale gelmistir. Türkiye'nin basin özgürlügü açisindan içinde bulundugu ayipli durumdan gazetecileri asagilayarak, davalarla baski altina alarak, ya da hapse atarak kurtulamayacagi ortadadir.
Bu yüzden Türkiye'de yetki sahiplerini halkin haber alma ve gerçekleri ögrenme hakkini korumaya, basin özgürlügü önündeki engelleri kaldirmaya, gazetecilerin tutuksuz yargilanmasini saglayacak yasal düzenlemeleri yapmaya ve bir kez daha adil yargilama için özel yetkili mahkemelerin kaldirilmasini saglamaya davet ediyoruz."
http://www.tgc.org.tr/


Mobile operator considers investing in Libya, Somalia


Turkcell, Turkey's largest mobile phone operator, is seeking ways to enter the Libyan market following the political shift in the country, according to General Manager Süreyya Ciliv.
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=mobile-operator-considers-investing-in-libya-somalia-2011-09-15


Dink's friends send letter to Erdogan


The friends of murdered Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink have penned a letter just days before the journalist's birthday to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan asking for those responsible for his death to be held accountable.
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=dink8217s-friends-send-letter-to-erdogan-2011-09-15

14 September 2011

Turkey Press Freedom Review September 14th


Turkish dailies mostly covered in their Wednesday issues the remarks made by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Cairo on Tuesday, Turkish Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin's comments on a possible land operation against PKK camps in north of Iraq and Western media's statements on Turkey and its role in the region.
http://en.cumhuriyet.com/?hn=277002

13 September 2011

Columnist Hincal Uluç sentenced in Defne Joy Foster defamation case


Columnist Hincal Uluç, who has been sued for comments he made regarding the death of a Turkish-American TV host, was sentenced to pay TL 20,000 in damages by an Istanbul civil court on Monday.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-256636-columnist-hincal-uluc-sentenced-in-defne-joy-foster-defamation-case.html


Eleven detained, including two journalists, during raid by authorities


Eleven persons were taken into police custody during an operation against the Union of Kurdistan Communities (KCK), the umbrella organization that includes the militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). Among the people in custody are journalists Hamdullah Kesen and Sehmus Kabak, as well as the Adana Provincial Chairman of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), Mehmet Zeki Karatas.
The Platform for Solidarity with Detained Journalists protested against the detentions on Thursday 8 September 2011. As reported by the Etkin News Agency (ETHA), protesters gathered in front of the BDP Adana Provincial Office. They were supported by Labour, Democracy and Freedom Block MP for Mersin, Ertugrul Kurkcu; the BDP Chair of the Ceyhan district; the Provincial Chair of Mersin; members of parliament; and representatives of the Socialist Party of the Oppressed (ESP) and the Labour Party (EMEP).
On Wednesday 7 September, teams of the Adana Police Directorate Anti-Terror Unit raided several homes and took eleven people into police custody: BDP Provincial Chair Karatas; Deputy Chair Esmer Ece; Provincial Treasurer Mahmut Islek; Seyhan District Chair Refik Bayav; member of the Provincial Disciplinary Committee Sabahat Mese; Dicle News Agency (DIHA) reporter Kesen; former Adana representative of the "Azadiya Welat" newspaper Kabak; retired imam Mehmet Bozhan; Isa Turan; Mecit Er; and Emin Oruc.
The BDP MP for Mersin, KurKcu, condemned the detentions and demanded the immediate release of those in custody.
"As it is clear from its name, the BDP is a party that pursues a peaceful struggle and fights for democracy. These operations are part of the war policies of the AKP (Justice and Development Party). The AKP is mistaken if it thinks that the BDP is going to kneel down this way. Neither the BDP nor its allies will kneel down," Kurkcu continued.
The Platform for Solidarity with Detained Journalists made an announcement regarding DIHA Adana reporter Kesen and Kabak from the "Azadiya Welat" newspaper. The Platform called for the immediate release of both journalists.
The Platform stressed that 62 journalists were currently arrested in Turkey. There is growing concern over an increase in this number due to recent detentions. The Platform drew attention to the fact that Turkey is among the leading countries, on an international level, in terms of the number of journalists detained. It was further highlighted that the much disputed Anti-Terror Law (TMY) should be abolished in order to provide progress in the field of press freedom.
http://www.ifex.org/turkey/2011/09/13/adana_detentions/

12 September 2011

TurkStat to form country's profile


The Turkish Statistics Institution plans plans to conduct a comprehensive survey starting on Oct. 3 to form a detailed profile of Turkey using tablet PCs for the first time.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-256526-turkstat-to-form-countrys-profile.html

11 September 2011

Prosecutors accuse website of aiding terrorist Ergenekon network


An indictment accepted on Friday by the Istanbul 16th High Criminal Court on the alleged deeds of Odatv, not a television channel as the name suggests but a news website, claims that the site's operators were aiding and abetting the terrorist Ergenekon organization, which is charged with plotting to overthrow the government.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-256423-prosecutors-accuse-website-of-aiding-terrorist-ergenekon-network.html


Odatv tried to keep terrorist attacks on media agenda


According to an indictment regarding a news site that allegedly served as the Internet propaganda tool of Ergenekon, a clandestine network charged with plotting to overthrow the government, the site's journalists made it a part of their strategy to keep bringing terrorism related news stories into the spotlight in their efforts to undermine the government.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-256453-odatv-tried-to-keep-terrorist-attacks-on-media-agenda.html


Oray Egin took orders from Odatv owner


Aksam daily reporter Oray Egin allowed the owner of Odatv, a website charged with helping an organization that allegedly attempted to overthrow the government, tell him what to write, according to an indictment against the website that was accepted by an Istanbul court on Friday.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-256424-oray-egin-took-orders-from-odatv-owner.html


Odatv owner Yalçin gives info on MIT mole Kasif Kozinoglu


The indictment into the administrators of the Odatv Internet site, accusing them of aiding and abetting Ergenekon- an organization that allegedly plotted to overthrow the elected government- includes revelations about former National Intelligence Organization (MIT) agent Kasif Kozinoglu, who is currently under arrest for having leaked sensitive information to Ergenekon.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-256454-odatv-owner-yalcin-gives-info-on-mit-mole-kasif-kozinoglu.html


Odatv owner Yalçin gives info on MIT mole Kasif Kozinoglu


The indictment into the administrators of the odatv Internet site, accusing of them aiding and abetting Ergenekon -- an organization that allegedly plotted to overthrow the elected government -- includes revelations about former National Intelligence Organization (MIT) agent Kasif Kozinoglu, who is currently under arrest for having leaked sensitive information to Ergenekon.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-256454-odatv-owner-yalcin-gives-info-on-mit-mole-kasif-kozinoglu.html

9 September 2011

A young Turk helps save a Greek community newspaper


Efe Kerem Sozeri, a 26-year-old Turk currently pursuing a PhD in political science in Amsterdam, is one of a group of young people who helped save Apoyevmatini, a Greek community newspaper in Istanbul.
http://www.balkanchronicle.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1424:a-young-turk-helps-save-a-greek-community-newspaper&catid=83:balkans&Itemid=460


Trial of Zaman staff adjourned as Bakirköy court fails to send case file


The trial of two Zaman daily reporters and a managing editor at the daily, who are facing charges based on two reports concerning an ongoing investigation of a suspected coup plot, was adjourned on Friday by a high criminal court in Istanbul on the grounds that a case file regarding an investigation into one of the reporters had not yet been received by the high court.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-256331-trial-of-zaman-staff-adjourned-as-bakirkoy-court-fails-to-send-case-file.html


Turkey Press Freedom Review September 9th


Turkish dailies mostly covered in their Friday issues President Abdullah Gul's speech at the Global Policy Forum, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's interview with Al Jazeera TV channel and possible land operation of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) in north of Iraq.
http://en.cumhuriyet.com/?hn=275734


Prison managers destroy manuscript


The Turkish PEN Centre has condemned the management of the Sincan prison (Ankara) for the seizure and destruction of a work by writer Halil Gundogan. The announcement was signed by Halil Ibrahim Ozcan, chairman of the Turkish chapter of the Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN. It read, "We strongly condemn the management of the Sincan No.1 F Type Prison for considering the 200-page work of convicted writer Halil Gundogan a 'letter' and destroying it. We emphasize once more our wish to live in a country that is not afraid of books."
The Turkish Writers Union previously issued a statement criticizing the seizure of Gundogan's unpublished book by the prison management. "Judging an idea before it is put into action is not a democratic but rather a fascist move," the union said.
Gundogan wrote the second volume of his book entitled "A Fugitive's Story, from Metris to Munzur" while he was in prison. The first volume was published in 2005. He gave the second volume to the prison managers in order to have it handed over to his visitors. However, the work was never given to the writer's visitors. Instead the prison management seized the as yet unpublished work and decided to destroy it because it supposedly "contained objectionable expressions that praised a terrorist organization and the illegal activities of its members." Gundogan spoke out against the decision but his objection was dismissed. The writer's lawyer applied to the courts requesting the return of the only copy of the book and the reversal of the decision, but this request was declined as well.
The manuscript given to the prison management by Gundogan consisted of 200 handwritten pages and was the only existing version of the book. Gundogan's family and his lawyer deemed the decision "arbitrary" and criticized the prison managers for the destruction of the book.
Gundogan was taken into custody after the coup d'état in Turkey in 1980. He originally faced the death penalty in a trail that focused on the clandestine Turkey Communist Party/Marxist-Leninist (TKP/ML) and its armed faction, the Turkish Workers' and Peasant's Liberation Army (TIKKO). In 1988, he fled from the Metris prison (Istanbul) with 28 other convicts by digging a tunnel. He was arrested again in 1995 and handed a sentence of life imprisonment.
In the first volume of the book, the writer described in detail his escape from Metris Prison.


Ergenekon planned to attack Agos after Dink assassination


A suspect in an ongoing investigation into a gang accused of plotting to overthrow the government has said that the group, known as Ergenekon, had plans to attack the office of the Armenian language biweekly Agos, shortly after Agos' former editor-in-chief Hrant Dink was assassinated.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-256333-ergenekon-planned-to-attack-agos-after-dink-assassination.html


Key propaganda website suspect Lt. Gen. Eröz arrested


Lt. Gen. Mehmet Eröz, one of 14 retired and active duty military officers for whom an Istanbul court issued an arrest warrant last month because of their suspected involvement in a plan to destabilize the government through an Internet campaign, was arrested on Friday after he turned himself in to authorities.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-256274-key-propaganda-website-suspect-lt-gen-eroz-arrested.html


Turkish premier speaks to Al-Jazeera


Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Turkish vessels carrying humanitarian aid would never be subject to any attack again.
http://en.cumhuriyet.com/?hn=275744


Nedim Sener petition


Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek reminded judges of Article 60 of the Constitution when the subject of long detention periods was brought up during the opening ceremony for the new judicial year.
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=nedim-sener-petition-2011-09-09

8 September 2011

Mihail Vasiliadis: I felt like an equal citizen for the first time


Mihail Vasiliadis, editor-in-chief of the Apoyevmatini daily, which was facing serious financial problems over past months, has welcomed a government decision to prevent shutting down of his newspaper by giving financial aid to minority newspapers.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-256198-mihail-vasiliadis-i-felt-like-an-equal-citizen-for-the-first-time.html

7 September 2011

Topic: This article is about the reaction of the representatives of BDP against the article of Bengi Yildiz. They think that such articles are against the principles of publishing.
http://bianet.org/bianet/toplum/132559-medyanin-deniz-nobeti,


Turkey Press Freedom Review September 7th


Turkish dailies mostly covered in their Wednesday issues Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's comments on Israel, Turkish national football team's game against Austria in Vienna on Tuesday night and remarks made by the Chief of the Turkish Court of Appeals, Nazim Kaynak, on the first day of the new Judicial Year.
http://en.cumhuriyet.com/?hn=275158


New from SETimes: a special site for news about Turkey


Starting on Monday, SETimes readers will have a new option when it comes to coverage of developments in Turkey.
http://www.setimes.com/cocoon/setimes/xhtml/en_GB/features/setimes/features/2011/09/08/feature-05

6 September 2011

Suspect requests Basbug testify in propaganda website case


Gen. Mehmet Eröz, one of the 14 retired and active duty military officers for whom an Istanbul court issued an arrest warrant last month because of their suspected involvement in a okan to destabilize the government through an Internet campaign, has requested that former Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug testify to the prosecutors as part of the probe.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-255988-suspect-requests-basbug-testify-in-propaganda-website-case.html

5 September 2011

Turkey Press Freedom Review September 5th


Turkish dailies mostly covered in their Monday edition the heinous attack against police officers in a football match, Turkish-Israeli relations, uprising in Israel and EuroBasket 2011.
http://en.cumhuriyet.com/?hn=274744


Topic: This article is about the support Arinc gave and will give to the AA. Arinc wants the AA to become the number one in Turkey. Because he thinks that the AA is a trustable and esteemed agency. Arinctan Anadolu Ajansina tam destek:
http://www.aa.com.tr/tr/manset/91636-arinctan-aaya-tam-destek


Lt. Gen. Pekin arrested in anti-government website case


Today's Zaman Lt. Gen. Ismail Hakki Pekin, for whom an Istanbul court last month 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 Monday.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-255792-lt-gen-pekin-arrested-in-anti-government-website-case.html


Detained student no longer allowed visitors


Students Ferhat Tuzer and Berna Yilmaz have been detained pending trial for 17 months because they posted a banner reading "We want free education and we will get it" during a speech by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Romani Meeting in Istanbul on 14 March 2010

3 September 2011

Turkish FM criticizes leaking of unpublished UN report to press


The Turkish foreign minister said on Thursday that the leaking of the details of the long-expected UN report on Mavi Marmara attack before being officially published was disappointing for Turkey.
More… http://en.cumhuriyet.com/?hn=273940


Turkish bloggers chime in on cross-border operations against PKK


The General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces announced od August 29th that they killed an estimated 145 to 160 members of the outlawed Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) and injured at least 100 others since operations began on August 17th.
http://www.setimes.com/cocoon/setimes/xhtml/en_GB/features/setimes/blogreview/2011/09/03/blog-02

1 September 2011

Turkish Press Review September 1st


Turkish dailies mostly covered in their Thursday issues Turkish President Abdullah Gul's remarks on the latest arrangements within the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), Turkey's main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu's visit to a refugee camp at the Kenyan-Somali border and Turkey's victory against Portugal in its first game at EuroBasket 2011 held in Lithuania.
More... http://en.cumhuriyet.com/?hn=273768

Turkey - Broadband, Internet and Digital Media Market - Overview, Statistics and Forecasts


This report offers an insight into Turkey's Internet and broadband market, which has witnessed considerable growth in the number of broadband subscribers.
http://www.budde.com.au/Research/Turkey-Broadband-Internet-and-Digital-Media-Market-Overview-Statistics-and-Forecasts.html


Media statistics- Turkey


http://www.nationmaster.com/country/tu-turkey/med-media


Turkey Facebook Statistics


Currently, there are 30 534 780 Facebook users in Turkey, which makes it No. 4 in the ranking of all
http://www.socialbakers.com/facebook-statistics/turkey


Two-year Prison Sentence for Kurdish Politician Tugluk


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


From telegram to 3G: A museum on history of communication


Communication has become quite easy nowadays. Distances have become closer and we can now have instant access to our loved ones with a range advanced technology tools, including 3G devices and the Internet.
http://www.todayszaman.com/news-255672-from-telegram-to-3g-a-museum-on-history-of-communication.html