Turkish Press Review - Monday, March 17, 2014

Dailies covered PM Erdogan's meetings in Manisa and Izmir, watched by tens of thousands

Dailies covered PM Erdogan's meetings in Manisa and Izmir, watched by tens of thousands

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Most Turkish dailies on Monday covered Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Manisa and Izmir rallies of the weekend watched by tens of thousands of people. 

YENI SAFAK, TURKIYE, SABAH gave top place to Erdogan's Sunday rallies, where Edogan highlighted AK Party's 1400 plus municipal projects for Izmir if the party comes first in the upcoming local elections. YENI SAFAK, headlined "Izmir raises voice" for Erdogan's meeting, while SABAH quotes Erdogan's "Neo-Ergenekon" definition for what he says a "parallel state" targeting the government and led by the US-based cleric, Fethullah Gulen. 

"During our 12 year-rule, we dealt with gangs, mafia, coups and Ergenekon. We will also fight Neo-Ergenekon led by Pennsylvania," SABAH quoted Erdogan.

Meanwhile, YENI SAFAK daily said some 180,000 people attended Erdogan's rally, while approximately 80,000 people attended the rally in Manisa.

The large scale Ergenekon trial into an alleged network of hardline nationalists formed to topple Turkey's incumbent government, started six years ago against 275 people, including military officers, politicians and journalists.

-Sideline of former police chief in relation to Dink assassination

Another news story that Monday's newspapers gave the most coverage to are the former police intelligence chief Ramazan Akyurek's sidelining due to the spoiling of evidence regarding the assassination of Hrant Dink, the chief editor of weekly Agos, in Istanbul on January 19, 2007.

Dailies MILLIYET, VATAN, HABERTURK gave space to Akyurek on their first pages.

-Referendum in Crimea

Almost all dailies also covered Sunday's controversial Crimean referendum on joining Russia, in which more than 90 per cent of the population voted in favour, 60 per cent of the population in Crimea is Russian speaking.

Turkish dailies also said that Crimean Tatars constituting some 12 per cent of the population in the strategic peninsula have remained loyal to their decision to boycott the referendum.

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