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Turkish Press Review

[Turkey occupies a pivotal position in the Middle East and the dramatic changes taking place in Turkey’s domestic politics and foreign policy will have a greater impact on the region than any votes at the UN or declarations by the EU. Thanks to our man in Istanbul Via Meadia is able to offer readers a weekly window into the world of the Turkish language press; here is this week’s installment.]

Monday’s newspapers broke the story that would dominate Turkish domestic reporting on the crisis in Syria this week: two Turkish journalists, Adem Özköse and Hamit Coşkun, were taken hostage by the Assad regime (Türkiye newspaper).

Rumors swirled this week regarding preparations for a buffer zone that will be organized at the Turkish-Syrian border, capable of accommodating up to 100,000 refugees (Sabah newspaper).

Commentary and reporting continued to note the importance of bilateral meetings between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and U.S. President Barack Obama, held at this week’s South Korean Nuclear Security Summit. The one-on-one meetings were widely assumed to relate directly to Iran’s nuclear program (Habertürk newspaper).

Reports that an Istanbul resident died in clashes during Kurdish Nevruz celebrations this week—deemed by Radikal columnist Cengiz Çandar to be the most violent in 20 years—sparked outrage.

In an interview with Taraf newspaper, Bakir Ağırdır, senior director of the Konda polling company, stated that 60 percent of Turkish citizens believe the Ergenekon network continues to operate in Turkey, and that suspects in the associated trials should be prosecuted.

Responding to criticism over the five-year sentence sought for a protestor who threw an egg at him, Turkey’s Minister for EU Affairs, Egemen Bağış, reportedly argued that Turkey would become one big Kadınbudu köfte (battered meatball), if everyone threw eggs. (Habertürk newspaper)

The ceremony in honor of the 12 Turkish soldiers who perished in a helicopter crash in Iraq was given widespread front-page coverage in several newspapers on Wednesday.

The Istanbul prosecutor assigned to the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK) case submitted his 2,400-page indictment of 193 suspects, including well-known professor Dr. Büşra Ersanlı and publisher Ragip Zarakolu—both charged with aiding the KCK, an outlawed domestic wing of the PKK.

On Friday, Hürriyet daily newspaper reported evidence of the Assad’s regime’s long-assumed support for the PKK terrorist organization in southeastern Turkey.

After five police officers were killed in anti-terrorism operations in the Cudi Mountains this week, Erdoğan announced a new, generous government package for the families of causalities in government action against the PKK, referring to the deceased officers as “martyrs” (Yeni Şafak newspaper).

Mustafa Ünal, a columnist for Zaman daily newspaper claimed that the Republican People’s Party (Turkey’s main opposition party) has appealed to the country’s constitutional court to demand the annulment of AKP-sponsored legislation regarding the next presidential election.

Participants at a gas conference in Ankara reportedly stated that the Turkish government discouraged oil companies from engaging in oil explorations in the Eastern Mediterranean through contracts signed with Greek Cypriots. (Akşam newspaper)

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  • Kris

    “60 percent of Turkish citizens believe the Ergenekon network continues to operate in Turkey”

    And the evil mastermind behind the network is a Mossad agent named Emmanuel Goldstein.

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