nytimes.comDec 19 – Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, says mass arrests on Dec. 14 of journalists, screenwriters and television producers were necessary to eliminate agents of a “parallel state” bent on seizing power. But Mr. Erdogan’s efforts to…
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Excerpt from Ayhan Kaya (2014) ‘Islamisation of Turkey under the AKP Rule: Empowering Family, Faith and Charity’, South European Society and Politics, DOI: 10.1080/13608746.2014.979031

Unlike its predecessors, conservative political parties like the Democrat Party (DP), Motherland Party (ANAP), and unnamedTrue Path Party (DYP), the AKP claims to represent excluded societal values, such as Islamic values, and to return these values to power. The aim is to create a perception of resemblance between the lifestyle of the nation and that of those occupying political power (Saracoglu 2011, p. 44). Rather than using an elitist jargon in their everyday language, the leaders of the AKP have always been very meticulous in using language that is also used by the masses. The use of slang by AKP leaders is very common…

After 4 days of detention, Zaman newspaper editor-in-chief Ekrem Dumanlı has been released pending a trial with December 14 Operation. Samanyolu TV Broadcasting Group Chairman Hidayet Karaca, however, has been arrested.

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