October 6, 2015

Japanese journalists express concern over Turkish gov’t pressure on critical media

A group of Japanese journalists who came together with their Turkish colleagues at the Turkey-Japan Media Forum last week in Tokyo expressed shock at the pressure placed on independent media outlets by the Turkish government while speaking about the violation of media freedoms in Turkey.

Ministry of Education denies authorizing raid on Gülen-inspired schools

The Ministry of Education denied on Tuesday having authorized a raid on private schools inspired by the faith-based Gülen movement that was conducted nearly two months ago in an official written statement sent in response to an objection submitted to the ministry by a lawyer representing the school group.

Claims that judges Özçelik, Baser received orders via text message discredited

Claims made by pro-government newspapers that the two judges who ruled to release imprisoned journalist Hidayet Karaca had taken orders from an organization in Spain have been disproved as the messages the judges received turned out to be promotional messages from a shopping mall in Spain.

October 5, 2015

Media and education challenge in Afghanistan

Abdullah Bozkurt

The resurgence of violence, a stubbornly lingering narcotic-financing chain and growing economic difficulties in Afghanistan have put a damper on optimism for the future of the country, yet I believe hope is still strong among the resilient Afghan people and certainly there is no shortage of success stories that will keep them going.

In NYC, I met an old acquaintance — he hasn’t changed

Beytullah Çolak

In NYC, I met an old acquaintance — he hasn’t changed

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Police raids on Gülen-inspired schools in Eskişehir revealed to be unlawful

Raids by police and inspectors in July on private schools and university preparation schools in Eskişehir province that are sympathetic to the faith-based Gülen movement were revealed on Monday to be based on a law that was abolished in 2008.

Legal experts denounce comical indictment meant to cover up gov’t corruption

A legal indictment prepared recently against the authorities who uncovered the Dec. 17-25, 2013, government corruption probe has been compared to a comedy script, drawing the ire of not just the public but also legal experts who suggest it is indicative of an incompetent legal system.

Turkish business union inaugurates office in Sri Lanka

Turkey and Sri Lanka flags
In order to boost trade between Turkey and Sri Lanka, the Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists (TUSKON) commenced the operations of its affiliate, the Turkey Ceylon Business Chamber (TCBC), in Colombo last week.

October 4, 2015

Grave breach of law

Ekrem Dumanlı

Many statements have been made against the Hizmet movement so far.

The pro-government media justified themselves by telling lies; they relied on slanders; they attempted every method of dark propaganda. laws were changed, prosecutors were fixed and judges were appointed. Now there are three indictments. A review of these indictments clearly reveals that laws have been gravely violated.

Kılıçdaroğlu slams ‘nonsensical’ indictment, says prosecutor should work for Erdoğan

The leader of the main opposition party has blasted a recent indictment prepared by İstanbul Deputy Chief Public Prosecutor İsmail Uçar regarding Turkey's largest-ever corruption investigations, saying the author of the indictment is a prosecutor of the illegal palace -- referring to the presidency -- and not the republic.

Indictment prepared for cover-up of gov’t corruption practically a comedy

The indictment prepared for the December 17-25th, 2013 government corruption probe is practically a comedy script, with the Hittites, Lydians, the Orkhon inscriptions, Cain and Abel, and Frodo from Lord of the Rings all cited as evidence of a clandestine coup plot.