Turkish dailies cover the new law passed Thursday on Internet access, and another bill submitted to Parliament on judicial reforms.


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Turkish dailies on Friday reported on a Parliamentary bill that promises substantial judicial reform.

The Daily Star has called it "Bad News for Wire-tappers" as the parliamentary bill includes a law that brings in tighter controls. Daily Turkiye says the reforms will pull the plug on the 'parallel state’; a reference to an organization that the AK Party government believes is nestled within the judiciary and the police. The government says the anti-graft probe that began on December 17, had ulterior motives against Turkey.

Daily Cumhuriyet calls the draft law 'a "shield' to protect bribers, and says it does not meet the expectations for plans to initiate retrials for military personnel convicted of coup d'etat charges.

The dailies have reported on another legislation passed by Turkey's Parliament, which gives governmental bodies more control over internet access and censorship.

Daily Taraf calls it an act of censorship, saying that the Telecommunication & Communication Agency has been given broader authorities, and as a result, the new bill places Turkey in the same category as Iran and Saudi Arabia.

The new internet law allows the body to order the removal of 'inappropriate content' in four hours and without a court ruling, the daily says.

Taraf quotes EU Parliamentary member, Martin Shulz as saying the law means a step backwards in an "already suffocating environment for media freedom”.

Daily Milliyet says that EU officials reacted against the law, but quotes the Turkish Communications Minister Lutfi Elvan as saying that officials did not look over the details of the legislation before approval.

"One step forward, two steps back," The daily Radikal says regarding both the draft law package and Internet regulations. However, it argued that the repeal of special-authority courts, restrictions on tapping, and the decrease in maximum detention times from 10 to five years are all 'positive steps'. But the daily reports that these amendments would hang in the air if not supported by changes to Anti-Terror Law. It has also criticized the new internet access law.

In other news, the dailies also reported on another draft law regarding after-school tutoring centers. In addition, newspapers covered the tragic death of a three-year-old child, Muharrem Tas, in Turkey's eastern province of Van . The child died from pneumonia, after his family was stranded due to bad weather and were unable to get medical support from local authorities.

The dailies published a photo of Muharrem's uncle carrying his lifeless body in a sack over his shoulder.

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