Another march today for Press Freedom

the March took place in İstiklal Street, Taksim, Istanbul. More photos here.

Turkish journalists protest over arrested colleagues
It was the latest move in a sprawling probe into Ergenekon, a purported secularist network that allegedly planned assassinations and bombings to spark chaos and prompt a military coup to topple the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government

In the mean time, in Turkish politics:

Testing times ahead as Turkey?s 2011 election nears

from istanbul notes by Aengus Collins

Returning to consider Turkish affairs after some months spent focusing elsewhere has been sobering and disheartening. The early months of 2011 were always going to be important, setting the tone both for a general election that will be held in June 2011, as well as, crucially, for the drafting of a new constitution thereafter. Without undue optimism, one might have hoped for at least a modest quickening of the country?s democratic pulse as major political decisions began to loom on the horizon.


CHP presents gloomy picture ahead of general elections

There is no doubt that the Republican People?s Party (CHP), which has long been criticized for failing to produce any new policies to make it a viable alternative to the government, has been dealt a severe blow with allegations of harassment made by an Odatv reporter who was recently released after having been detained as part of the probe into Ergenekon, a shadowy crime network with alleged links within the state that is suspected of plotting to topple the government.


Public officials at the AK Party?s door

Yesterday was the last day for public officials who want to run for Parliament in the June 12 election to resign or retire from their jobs.


Ergenekon cooks with pomegranates

I don?t want to be your friend. That?s not exactly true. I just can?t make up my mind. I registered myself on Facebook a few years ago for some reason and then recoiled in horror at what I had done.

Three ways to get your Ergenekon
Hurriyet Daily News
And now, as if we did not already have all these stark divisions, we have the Ergenekon probe which divides the country into two diametrically opposite camps. For the first camp, the Ergenekon probe is the best thing that has ever happened to Turkey.

Sex and the (Ergenekon) party
Today’s Zaman
But their leniency never extends to their imagined culprit: the police that investigate the Ergenekon suspects. So far, not even a single policeman has been caught red-handed conspiring against the Ergenekon suspects, but the defenders of the Ergenekon

MİT’s Kozinoğlu put behind bars for Ergenekon membership
Today’s Zaman
MİT official Kaşif Kozinoğlu was arrested on Thursday on charges of membership in the Ergenekon terrorist organization and seizing confidential state documents. National Intelligence Organization (MİT) official Kaşif Kozinoğlu was arrested and sent to


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