PM Erdoğan’s inclusive media opening praised while Taraf journalists spend their days courtrooms…

Turkish daily Taraf has its day in court

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ISTANBUL – Daily News with wires

The staff of one Turkish newspaper had a very busy day at Kadıköy Courthouse on Friday, with 18 journalists from daily Taraf attending 44 different hearings

Ahmet Altan. Taraf’s chief editor. Hürriyet photo

Erdoğan’s new stance draws thumbs-up from Turkish media

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan?s messages at his breakfast with media executives Saturday were greeted with approval by most of the Turkish press.

FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK – Impressions from meeting with the PM

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who has been hosting influential people from various segments of society at Dolmabahçe Palace, hosted media representatives over the weekend in the latest such gathering, where he delivered a speech on the importance of democracy for the media.

ÖMER TAŞPINAR – A more democratic but less pro-Western Turkey?

Last week in this column I argued that while Turkey was consolidating its democracy thanks to the result of the referendum, Turkish society was also showing signs of a major drift from the transatlantic alliance.
Turkey remembers mosque bombings after general’s confession
6-7, 1955 pogrom in İstanbul against minorities, which today is widely believed to have been part of a manipulative plan concocted by Ergenekon-like

Anonymously posted voice recordings reveal dirty secrets
Today’s Zaman
Saldıray Berk, a key suspect in the investigation into the Erzincan operations of the coup plotting organization Ergenekon, suggests that soldiers in the

The AKP’s Turkey: More civilian, but more democratic?
Hurriyet Daily News
The military, once a kingmaker in Ankara, is now firmly on the sidelines ? the AKP, relentless in its pursuit of Ergenekon coup allegations

Hanefi Avcı wrote book to create shield for himself, says Tayyar
Today’s Zaman
Şamil Tayyar, the author of ?Operation Ergenekon,? ?Shadow Government,? ?Ambush? and other books that investigate unscrupulous groups inside the Turkish

Turkish gov’t pulls out its diplomatic rifles

from Hurriyet Dailynews

Before the truce extended by the PKK expires next week, the AKP government gives impetus to versatile diplomacy, engaging Washington and northern Iraq, as well as Iran and Syria. Interior Minister Atalay says next week the US command in Iraq will have talks in Turkey and he might go to Arbil

Main Turkish opposition party prepares for general elections

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Turkey?s main opposition party has set its sights on a comprehensive strategy for the general elections following Turkey’s recent charter poll.

FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK – Government-BDP dialogue promising

A meeting between government officials and representatives from the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) that took place in Parliament this week, despite the week-long delay after a road mine explosion in Hakkari, has been hailed by many as one of the first steps towards a solution for Turkey?s long-standing Kurdish problem.

Çaha: AK Party, CHP voters only distinct in lifestyle choices

from Today’s Zaman, your gateway to Turkish daily news :: Interviews by YONCA POYRAZ DOĞAN
Professor Ömer Çaha of Fatih University in İstanbul says that although education has been highlighted as an important factor in determining people’s choice of political parties in Turkey, research shows that it is in fact not a reliable indicator, whereas lifestyle is.

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