Monthly Archives: October 2012

The Guardian: Erdogan’s government accused of pursuing campaign of intimidation against media

Simon Tisdall , guardian.co.uk Two independent reports have found evidence of a pattern of harassment against writers and broadcasters. Since Recep Tayyip Erdogan came to power in 2003, there has been a new attitude towards journalists. Ankara is pursuing a systematic campaign … Continue reading

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BBC: Turkey’s press continues to feel pressure from the state

EUROPE 29 October 2012 Turkey’s press continues to feel pressure from the state By Dorian JonesIstanbul Turkey has put more journalists in jail than any other country, thanks to strict laws which punish dissent against the state. Critics says the … Continue reading

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BBC: Is Turkey’s secular system in danger?

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24 October 2012 By Arash Dabestani, Pinar Sevinclidir and Ertugrul Erol BBC Monitoring Those who founded the Republic in 1923 might well be turning in their graves: their vision of Turkey as a strictly secularist and nationalist state – not … Continue reading

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Update: Police brutality and peper gas in the banned Republic day celebrations

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Despite an earlier ban from the governor’s office, political parties led by the CHP and NGOs seem determined to hold a Republic Day march in Ankara. Tension rises in Istanbul’s Taksim district when police don’t allow chaplets to be left … Continue reading

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Opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and CHP leadership were subjected to pepper gas in the banned Republic Day celebration

AA photo Groups looking to celebrate the Republic Day holiday at the first Parliament Assembly building, an act banned by the Ankara governorship, have gathered in Ulus Square. Police attempted to disperse the crowd with pepper gas and sprayed pressurized water on … Continue reading

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FT: Turkish book on Darwin sparks outrage

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By Daniel Dombey in Istanbul and Funja Guler in Ankara A series of books for primary schoolchildren, describing Charles Darwin as a Jew with a big nose who kept the company of monkeys and other historical figures in anti-Semitic terms, … Continue reading

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The Guardian:Recep Tayyip Erdogan: Turkey’s elected sultan or an Islamic democrat?

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By Simon Tisdall The Guardian, Wed 24 Oct 2012 The PM appears to be cementing his grip on power, telling the nation it has never had it so good. But the war in Syria, an economic dip and the Kurdish … Continue reading

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