TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON DEC 19

Turkish dailies on Friday mostly covered latest developments in an ongoing investigation into the Gulen Movement...

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON DEC 19

World Bulletin / News Desk

Friday’s dailies focused on latest developments in ongoing investigations into Turkey’s "14 December" probe, Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s remarks on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Germany’s arrest of three Turkish nationals accused of spying.

Many dailies continued to cover latest developments in an investigation regarding "14 December" probe.”

HURRIYET reported that public prosecutor Fuzuli Aydogan directed questions to Ekrem Dumanli, the editor-in-chief of Turkey’s Zaman daily, on how the paper covered the arrests of former police officers, the closure of prep-schools plus the Tashiye community.

The daily also said the prosecutor questioned Dumanli whether he received orders from U.S.-based preacher Fethullah Gulen.

“The charge: Being a member of terrorist organization,” was the headline in VATAN while MILLIYET reported that an Istanbul court will announce a verdict on Friday.

“Two articles, one news,” ran ZAMAN’s front page, claiming that evidence for the accusations against Dumanli rest only on news stories. YENI SAFAK reported the editor-in-chief as saying he did not receive any order from Gulen and it was the first time he had ever heard of a community called “Tashiye.”

A police operation was launched on Sunday against senior media figures and police officers in 13 provinces across Turkey. The operation was against those allegedly affiliated with what the Turkish government describes as the "parallel state," a purported group of bureaucrats embedded in the country's institutions, including the judiciary and the police.

More than 20 suspects were taken into custody in the operation, including: Dumanli; chairman of Samanyolu Media Group Hidayet Karaca; producer Salih Aslan; director Engin Koc of Samanyolu TV; and Makbule Cam Alemdag, a television scriptwriter.

The operation was in part generated by a complaint letter filed by the founder of the Tashiye Publishing House, Mehmet Nuri Turan, who said he had been targeted by Pennsylvania-based Gulen.

“Erdogan is a tough man,” was MILLIYET’s headline on a report of Vladimir Putin’s press conference on Thursday in Moscow.

In reply to a question on the relationship between Turkey and Russia, Putin said there are mutual benefits with Turkey on regional developments: “Thus, Russia is determined to enhance relations with Turkey and we will.”

Putin referred to an energy memorandum of understanding signed between Turkey and Russia on Dec. 1 which will see a natural-gas hub on the Turkish-Greek border to supply Eastern Europe.

The Russian leader said: “I told Erdogan not to disclose deals in front of press members; EU officials may come another day. Erdogan is a tough man and said: ‘We have not stolen anyone’s possession.”

In other news, some dailies reported that Germany arrested three Turkish men on Thursday accused of spying on Turkish people in the country.

“Spying crisis with Germany,” HURRIYET said, reporting that two men had been arrested at Frankfurt Airport while the third was arrested at his home. The daily reported that Ankara has denied that the trio are connected to the Turkish intelligence services.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Aralık 2014, 11:18
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