Turkish Press Review

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Turkish dailies covered Tuesday reactions on the lifting of Twitter ban, the latest developments in Ukraine and Turkey’s prime minister’s meeting with Turkish media representatives in Istanbul

Turkish dailies covered Tuesday reactions on the lifting of Twitter ban, the latest developments in Ukraine and Turkey’s prime minister’s meeting with Turkish media representatives in Istanbul

ISTANBUL - Turkish dailies covered Tuesday reactions of the lifting of Twitter ban, the latest developments in Ukraine and Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s meeting with Turkish media representatives in Istanbul. The Anadolu Agency does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

Most Turkish dailies covered the reactions of the lifting of two-week Twitter ban on their front pages. "A dangerous door has been opened,” headlined daily STAR, adding, “After opening a dangerous door with the unlawful decision on Twitter ban, Hasim Kilic - President of the Constitutional Court of Turkey (AYM) – now gave a green light to appeals to Supreme Election Board (YSK) decisions, which AYM shouldn’t have further jurisdiction authority after the YSK makes its related decision.”

HURRIYET DAILY NEWS headlined "Top judge find PMs remarks ‘emotional,’ adding "Hasim Kilic gently rebukes PM Erdogan over his perception of the overturning of the Twitter ban, calling it ‘emotional and understandable'.

Lifting Twitter ban decision was harshly criticized by PM Erdogan, who said the government would comply with it but he personally did not “respect it.”

Most Turkish dailies also covered the latest developments in Ukraine. " Ukraine is divided," says daily VATAN, adding, "Revolt starts in three Russian origin-populated-Ukraine provinces."

Similarly daily YENI SAFAK said, “Second occupation in Ukraine,” adding, “Pro-Russian groups occupied governorate in Donetsk.”

Moscow invaded Crimea last month and most recently deployed between 40,000-50,000 combat-ready troops along Ukraine’s eastern borders.

Putin claims Ukraine’s Russian-speaking population is under threat from radical Ukrainian-speaking ultra-nationalists and has vowed to use force to protect the country's ethnic Russian population.

Turkey’s prime minister’s meeting with Turkish media representatives in Istanbul was covered by daily SABAH. According to the newspaper Turkish PM Erdogan said that ‘parallel government within the state’ had urged people to “vote for whoever powerful except AK Party in the elections”.

A political struggle was sparked on December 17 between the Turkish government and a movement headed by U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen, following an anti-graft probe, which led to high-profile arrests. 

"Parallel state" is referred to describe a 'state within state' associated with the Gulen or 'Hizmet' movement.

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