Turkish Press Review - 12 February 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Turkish dailies on Wednesday cover Prime Minister Erdogan`s remarks in the press conference with his Spanish counterpart and the arrest of four DHKP-C militants in Greece.

Turkish dailies on Wednesday cover Prime Minister Erdogan`s remarks in the press conference with his Spanish counterpart and the arrest of four DHKP-C militants in Greece.

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Turkish dailies on Wednesday cover Prime Minister Erdogan`s remarks in the press conference with his Spanish counterpart and the arrest of four DHKP-C militants in Greece.

"Three claims, three answers," says the front page of daily VATAN, over a photograph of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaking at a joint press conference with Spain`s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

During the conference, Erdogan was asked about three claims that appeared in media recently: that he owned several villas in a western seaside resort, that he called an administrator of a TV broadcaster to ask him to remove some subtitles in a story about an opposition party, and that a pool account was formed by people close to him to buy a newspaper.

VATAN`s front page briefly gives his answers to these questions. Erdogan refuses to be connected with ownership of the villas and says they were not built on public land. He says he called an administrator of Haberturk TV to request him to remove the subtitles for the Nationalist Movement Party chairman`s speech in a news story. He also says no pool account was formed in the sale of daily Sabah.

"Yes, I telephoned him," says the headline of daily MILLIYET, referring to Erdogan`s answer to the second claim mentioned above. The daily says Erdogan`s justification to call the administrator of Haberturk TV was that there were extraordinary insults in Nationalist Movement Party leader Devlet Bahceli`s speech.

An operation was launched on a cell house in Greece to capture four members of the leftist armed group, DHKP-C.

Daily HURRIYET says "Four cousins captured," referring to the arrest of four DHKP-C members including the leader of the group. Among the detainees are the two suspected killer of the prominent businessman Ozdemir Sabanci, who was shot dead by DHKP-C militants in 1996.

Daily HABERTURK also highlights the same story, carrying the headline "The Sabanci murderer was caught." The suspect, Ismail Akkol, had been searched for 18 years.

Daily RADIKAL carries the headline "Parliament TV on air," referring to an incident happened in the group meeting of the main opposition Republican People`s Party. During the meeting, several tapped phone recordings were played about an alleged pool account that was formed by people close to the PM to buy a newspaper.

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