Monthly Archives: January 2015

Turkish main opposition asks Islamic world to embrace secularism

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  Republican People’s Party (CHP) head Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu speaks at the Turkish Parliament on Jan. 13. AA Photo Turkey’s main opposition party has called on Islamic countries to adopt secularism in order to end the roots of terrorism, denouncing last … Continue reading

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Police raid press of Turkish daily publishing selection of Charlie Hebdo’s new issue

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A private security employee stands guard at the entrance of daily newspaper Cumhuriyet’s offices, in Istanbul. REUTERS Photo / Murad Sezer Police raided the printing press of Turkish daily Cumhuriyet on Jan. 14, as it prepared to distribute a four-page … Continue reading

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European Parliament urges Turkey to respect freedom of press

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Members of the European Parliament display signs that read ‘Je suis Charlie,’ in honor of the victims of the terrorists attacks in Paris. AP Photo The European Parliament has criticized the Dec. 14, 2014 operation against TV stations and newspapers … Continue reading

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The EU should set explicit press freedom requirements for candidate countries

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Despite being viewed as a key component of European democracy, media freedom varies significantly across EU states. Based on the annual ‘Freedom of the Press’ report produced by Freedom House, Jennifer Dunham assesses media freedom in EU candidate countries. She notes that … Continue reading

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Info note by MP Rıza Türmen on the government pressure over TMMOB

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TMMOB or UCTEA (The Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects) is a professional organization with over 445.000 members. Its establishment is based on article 135 of the Turkish Constitution which regulates “Professional organizations having the characteristics of public … Continue reading

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CHP Chairman Kılıçdaroğlu calls to end election threshold

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​The CHP Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu called for the termination of the 10% election threshold, terming it ‘an anti-democratic measure against public will.’ “We cannot justify the existence of the 10% election threshold. It needs to be lifted for the sake … Continue reading

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CHP European Bulletin: The struggle for democracy against corruption and authoritarianism in Turkey

Corruption scandal in Turkey: CHP President Kılıçdaroğlu: “The world has never witnessed such immorality” The leaders of the opposition on Tuesday blasted nine members of the parliamentary Corruption Investigation Commission who voted against sending four former ministers to the top … Continue reading

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Corruption scandal in Turkey: CHP President Kılıçdaroğlu: “The world has never witnessed such immorality”

DHA Photo The leaders of the opposition on Tuesday blasted nine members of the parliamentary Corruption Investigation Commission who voted against sending four former ministers to the top court to face trial, with main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader … Continue reading

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CHP human rights report shows Turkey failing to protect freedoms

A report prepared by main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) İstanbul Deputy Chairman Sezgin Tanrıkulu that compiled data on the observance of basic human rights in Turkey in 2014 indicates that the country performed poorly. The “Violations of Human Rights … Continue reading

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Corruption commission votes against referral of ex-ministers for trial

The parliamentary commission established to look into claims of corruption against four former Cabinet ministers has voted against referring them to a top court for trial amidst allegations of the government placing heavy pressure on ruling party members of the … Continue reading

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