Ruling AKP deputy chair Mahir Ünal has said that the Turkish Netflix series 'Love 101' had initially planned to feature a gay character called “Osman.” Although the AKP deputy chair did not explicitly say why the scenario was changed at the last minute, his remarks were interpreted as the government having imposed a censorship on the show.
Istanbul prosecutors are seeking up to four years in jail for veteran actors Metin Akpınar and Müjdat Gezen on charges of "insulting" President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan over 2018 comments during a television program. The investigation against the actors was launched on the same day that Erdoğan targeted them during a public speech, saying: "We cannot leave this business without giving a response, they will pay the price."
Antalya municipality on July 3 informed businesses on the iconic Konyaaltı coast that their illegal outdoor structures had to be removed within three days. When the businesses did not abide by the order, municipality officials on July 7 began to dismantle the illegal structures, which led to a brawl between the two sides.
A main opposition deputy presented a bill to ban fireworks in the aftermath of a devastating accident in the northwestern province of Sakarya that killed seven people and injured over a hundred.
The Çanakkale Strait was closed to maritime traffic on July 6 as hundreds of firefighters were working to extinguish a forest fire that broke out on the historic Gallipoli peninsula. It was not clear how the forest fire started, while Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli said that 300 hectares of land have been so far consumed.
The Turkish Medical Association (TTB) deemed the July 3 explosion at a fireworks accident a "workplace homicide," a term used to describe accidents caused by gross neglect. There had been six accidents in the same factory in the past 11 years, the TTB noted, and said that July 3's fatal blast was a long time coming.
The death toll from July 3 explosions at a fireworks factory in northwestern Turkey rose to seven, said the local governor's office. A total of four suspects were detained after prosecutors issued arrest warrants, including the factory manager in charge and two foremen on July 4, and an occupational safety specialist on July 5.
Following an ID check neighborhood watchmen beat two brothers working on a construction site in the Istanbul district of Bağcılar. The brothers were later sentenced to eight months in prison after the watchmen filed criminal complaints against them. The number of watchmen in Turkey doubled from 11,398 in 2018 to 21,319 as of March of this year by the ruling AKP government.
A large explosion rocked a fireworks factory in the Hendek district of the northwestern province of Sakarya at around 11:15 a.m. on July 3 and four workers were killed and 108 workers were hospitalized. Fire department teams weren't able to intervene in the fire for a long time since explosions continued to take place.
A Turkish court on July 2 heard a case about converting Istanbul's sixth century Hagia Sophia back into a mosque and will announce its verdict within 15 days, a lawyer said, on an issue which has drawn international expressions of concern. Greece said Turkey risked opening up "a huge emotional chasm" with Christian countries if it pressed ahead with the proposal to convert Hagia Sophia into a mosque.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan signed off on a new university because of a mistake in an executive order, which then got published in the official gazette. The gazette published a correction the next day, saying the correct word was "faculty" and not "university."
Turkish rescue teams on June 30 recovered five bodies after a boat believed to be carrying migrants capsized in eastern Turkey's Lake Van. Habertürk said that over 50 people could have been on the boat when it went missing on June 27.
Turkish President Recep Erdoğan welcomed a new grandson in the early hours of June 30. The president's eighth grandchild was born to Finance Minister Berat Albayrak and Esra Erdoğan.
Veteran seismologist warns of tsunami risk in planned Kanal Istanbul after expected big Marmara quake
Prof. Dr. Naci Görür, a member of the Turkish Academy of Sciences, has said that there is a danger of a tsunami hitting the planned Kanal Istanbul waterway after the expected big Marmara earthquake. "[In such a case] All the places surrounding the canal will be flooded. You can no longer save that area,” Görür told Cumhuriyet newspaper in an interview.
The Union of Turkish Bar Associations (TBB) is planning a march to protest a draft bill that would divide large cities' bar associations into smaller institutions. 31 bar associations in Turkey have officially opposed the proposed legislation, and some bar heads attempted a march against in earlier in June.