Turkish Press Review - Thursday, May 08, 2014

Thursday’s newspapers focus on Turkish PM's statement on the importance of raising awareness about natural disasters in order to reduce damage, Turkish businessman Rahmi Koc’s statement on 6 members of Koc Holding topping Turkey’s tax payers list and Turkish football team Galatasaray’s success on cl

Thursday’s newspapers focus on Turkish PM's statement on the importance of raising awareness about natural disasters in order to reduce damage, Turkish businessman Rahmi Koc’s statement on 6 members of Koc Holding topping Turkey’s tax payers list and Turkish football team Galatasaray’s success on cl

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Turkish dailies on Thursday covered reports about Rahmi Koc, the honorary president of Turkey’s largest industrial conglomerate Koc Holding, who topped the list of those paying governmental taxes.

Daily HURRIYET headlined quoting Koc, “Why am I the highest tax payer?” The newspaper reported Koc’s comment about six members of Koc Holding’s topping the list of biggest taxpayers of 2013. Koc said “We are the highest taxpayers, not because we earn a lot, but we pay a lot of taxes.”

On Sunday, Turkey announced the star taxpayers for 2013, with six members of the Koc Holding in the top ten list.

Turkish dailies also covered Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s speech at a promotion of "schools ready for disaster" campaign in Istanbul. Erdogan said that Turkey was much more prepared to deal with natural disasters now than in past years, thanks to the work by the Disaster & Emergency Management Presidency, which was formed in 2009.

Daily MILLIYET discussed Erdogan's “Four projects for an earthquake,” referring to four different projects which prepare for future earthquakes in Turkey. The projects started with the “Families ready for disaster” campaign, “Schools ready for disaster” is the second stage of the campaign, which will continue with “Workplaces ready for disaster” and “Youth ready for disaster.”

Daily SABAH quoted Erdogan as saying, “ Don’t forget that Turkey is an earthquake country.” The newspaper reported Erdogan as saying, “We should always keep in mind that Turkey is an earthquake country. The idea of ​​being ready for disasters should be adopted by the entire community.”

Two earthquakes which struck in the northwest of Turkey in 1999 left over 18,000 people dead and 49,000 injured.

Some dailies also dedicated their front pages to Turkey's Galatasaray football team, which won its 15th Turkish Cup title by defeating Eskisehir 1-0 at Ataturk Stadium in the central city of Konya on Wednesday.

Daily YENI SAFAK headlined “Cup champions Galatasaray,” while daily HABERTURK praised the “Lion of cups.”

Galatasaray has won the trophy the most times, currently known as the 'Ziraat Turkish Cup' for the Cup's sponsor.

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