August 28, 2015

Journalist Karaca laments ongoing acts of tyranny in Turkey in letter

Samanyolu Broadcasting Group top executive Hidayet Karaca, who was arrested in a government-backed operation launched on Dec. 14 last year, along with dozens of others, penned a letter from his prison cell in Silivri Prison in which he talked about "acts of tyranny" continuing in Turkey and how the perpetrators of these actions will have to account for them.

August 27, 2015

Opposition must boycott election

İhsan Yılmaz

If the Justice and Development Party (AKP) regime seizes any of the critical media outlets before the Nov. 1 general election, the opposition must boycott the elections. The AKP had been planning to do this before the June 7 election but they were not sure if this would backfire or not, so they postponed it. Since the June election results were shocking, they did not know what to do. Now it seems President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is adamant about silencing the opposition media.

Erdoğan confirms Fuat Avni’s claim of massive crackdown on critical media

In a development that came as confirmation of the claims of Turkish whistleblower Fuat Avni, who on Tuesday revealed plans by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to launch a massive crackdown on critical media outlets in the country ahead of a snap vote slated for November, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Wednesday hinted at the possibility of closing down some media organs in the country on the grounds that they support terrorism.

August 26, 2015

On front lines of fight for press freedom in Turkey

Sevgi Akarcesme, a 36-year-old, Temple University-educated columnist for Turkey's largest independent daily newspaper, Today's Zaman, has been threatened, harassed, vilified and sued.

Her offense?

She tweeted remarks critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to her 96,000 Twitter followers.

August 25, 2015

Laudable acts of the government

Abdülkadir Civan

Government officials can have various impacts on the welfare of societies at different times.

The needs of societies and the appropriate responses in the short, medium and long run can be very different. Sometimes they can be at odds with each other, i.e., what is good in the short run can be very bad in the long run. Politicians are usually criticized because they concentrate on the short-term rather than on the medium or long-term needs of societies because of reelection concerns. However, I want to express my appreciation for the government officials' concentration and determination on the long -- indeed very long -- term needs of society.

August 24, 2015

The unbearable lightness of raiding a school

Berk Çektir

There are three untouchables in any civil society.

These three, in order of importance, are the freedom to pursue education, the freedom of the press and the freedom of the judiciary. The last civil institution intact has finally been affected.

Samanyolu schools to sue 3 government officials over unlawful search warrant

Samanyolu Educational Institutions are preparing to file a criminal complaint against three government officials on charges of misconduct related to an unlawful warrant to inspect all private schools in Ankara through the end of the 2015-2016 academic year, Today's Zaman has learned.

August 23, 2015

Kimse Yok Mu launches campaign for Eid al-Adha with amusing banner

The Kimse Yok Mu charity organization, which has been subjected to a smear campaign by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government, has launched its relief campaign ahead of the upcoming Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) with an amusing banner, in an attempt to circumvent imposed restrictions.

What should Gülen movement do for early election?

Emre Uslu

Turkey is going to a snap vote. Since President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan did not get the result he desired in the June 7 general election, he is taking the country with a population of 80 million to the ballot box again.

August 22, 2015

Educational unions lash out against gov’t-backed school raids

Educational unions are in uproar over the police raids of various teaching institutions nationwide. Referring to the latest raids as something from a comedic farce, union representatives stressed how such operations were against the law.

August 21, 2015

Why was I mistaken about political Islamism?

Abdülhamit Bilici

For the radical wing of political Islamism, a democratic regime based on the decisions of the people is blasphemy. It should be ruled out because it was an invention of the Western world. Some subscribers to Islamist movements have always viewed democracy in this way.