Turkish daily forced to publish 3 disclaimers over report on presidential aide’s controversial construction

Duvar English

A Turkish daily was forced to publish three disclaimers on May 31 over a report on Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun’s controversial construction.

Daily Cumhuriyet published three “reply and correction” disclaimers on its front page upon a court order over its report that the Istanbul Municipality demolished a pergola and fireplace which were “illegally” constructed on a plot rented by Altun overlooking the Bosphorus in the Kuzguncuk district.

There were three different reports on the incident dated April 16 and 17, hence three disclaimers.

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu slammed the move, saying that these court-ordered disclaimers show that the judiciary bowed down to politics.

The report was slammed by government officials and was followed by legal action. Altun and the other ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) officials claimed that the aide’s address was openly stated and his private life was violated even though the report didn’t feature any details on Altun’s address.

An investigation was launched into journalists Hazal Ocak, Vedat Arık, Olcay Büyüktaş and İpek Özbey previously. The government-run Press Advertisement Agency (BİK) imposed a 35-day ban on sending ads to the daily.

A court subsequently blocked Cumhuriyet’s online access to the report.

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About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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