October 9, 2015

Justice is banished, law is suspended!

Erhan Başyurt

They have banished “justice” from the country to avoid being called to account. They have handcuffed police officers who had caught criminals red-handed.

Unlawful acts come one after another now.

AKP’s test run for a sultanistic regime program

İhsan Yılmaz

There are only three weeks to the election. All polls suggest the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) will pass the threshold and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) will lose its parliamentary majority by a few votes. There are still some undecided voters. To have a democratic election; voters need to be informed about the parties positions and their criticism of each other. Well, on this, we have a very serious problem. The AKP is doing everything it can to make sure that the voters only get its version of the story. Can you imagine what it will do if it wins the election?

Erdoğan’s conspiracy theory extends to US, UK, Germany, Mexico, Netherlands and others

Abdullah Bozkurt

By all accounts, the 1,453-page indictment against dozens of high-ranking anti-corruption investigators and Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen is a frivolous compilation of far-fetched conspiracy theories tying veteran police chiefs, Mr. Gülen and other critics of the government to foreign powers without any evidence whatsoever.

TMSF responsible for Digiturk ban on TV channels

Turhan Bozkurt

The palace and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government took preposterous steps to silence those newspapers and TV channels seeking to speak the truth.

They are trying to impose restrictions on freedom of the press in an attempt to win back political power in the election slated for Nov. 1.

Boycott of Digiturk for dropping 7 stations prompts widespread cancellation of subscriptions

Consumer unions, politicians, journalists and civil society groups have joined the campaign to boycott the Digiturk satellite network after it stopped broadcasting seven stations thought to be critical of the government, while thousands of viewers have canceled their subscriptions.

October 8, 2015

What Nigeria can learn from Turkey

Kayode Ibrahim

Despots are not born. They are made. History is replete with examples: Idi Amin Dada, Vlad III, Robert Mugabe, Kim Jong-Il, and many more. And according to a recent report by four senior British lawyers, President Recep Erdogan of Turkey has forced himself into the fold.

Erdogan's Autocratic System of Government

Abdulazeez Ahmed

A FLASHBACK would literally remind you of the major corrupt scandal that erupted in Turkey, in December 2013, when President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was Prime Minister of the country. With him were four cabinet ministers, three sons of cabinet ministers and the head of the biggest public bank and high profile businessmen. Scores of arrests were carried during the period.

Before Turkey loses it

Michael Chinda

Something very positive emerged from Turkey this week. It was the news of Turkey intercepting one of the aircraft Russia was using to bomb opposition strong­holds in Syria – on behalf of Syrian tyrant Bashir Al- Assad. Until that incident, not too many cheery things had been coming out of this great country with one leg in Europe and the other in Asia.

Independent report finds ample evidence of Turkey’s breach of ECHR

A report prepared by UK lawmakers and legal experts upon the request of the Turkish Journalists and Writers Foundation (GYV) that they investigate violations of the rule of law and persecutions targeting the Gülen movement concluded that there is ample evidence to establish breaches of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and other treaties to which Turkey is a party.

Terrorism through cartoons

Orhan Kemal Cengiz

I have just unsubscribed from the Digitürk TV cable network, of which I have been a member for many years. When I heard that Tivibu, an online streaming service, dropped Bugün TV, Samanyolu TV and other channels because of their affiliation with the Hizmet movement, it came as just news for me, albeit bad news.

TV channels removals violate law

Günal Kurşun

Digital satellite platform Digitürk on Thursday joined two other media platforms that previously banned critical media in a government-backed move to stop broadcasting TV channels Bugün TV, Kanaltürk, Yumurcak TV, Mehtap TV, Irmak TV, Shaber and Samanyolu. These TV channels are known for their critical stance against the government. TV service provider Turkcell TV and online streaming service Tivibu had previously banned the same seven channels. The legal reasoning declared by the three platforms is an order from the Ankara Public Prosecutor's Office.