Media
An official from the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK), Turkey's broadcast authority, has said that amendments will be made regarding the content that is considered admissible in ice cream adds, which he said “exceeded moral boundaries."
The Media and Law Studies Association (MLSA) will be organizing an event on fighting impunity in political assassinations of journalists and intellectuals on Nov. 15 with the families and colleagues of slain journalists in Turkey, Malta and Serbia.
Last week, the mainstream daily Hürriyet newspaper fired dozens of journalists by sending emails or letters to their homes, in a startling move that marks yet another blow to the already-troubled state of the Turkish media. The 43 journalists were members of the Journalists Union of Turkey (TGS), which in a statement referred to the firings as a “liquidation” of the union members working at the paper. The ensuing backlash included the resignation of the paper's editor-in-chief and some of its most notable columnists.
The first daily newspaper representing Turkey's Alevi minority is expected to come out on Nov. 6. It aims to be an outlet and resource for Alevis and their issues as well as an addition to the country's struggling opposition media.
Faruk Bildirici, a member of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and a member of the board of the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK), Türkey's broadcast watchdog authority, was removed his post on Thursday. Bildirici has criticized a recent amendment approved by RTÜK concerning how public service announcements are labeled.
In response to a lawsuit filed by a journalist association in order to stop changes in a regulation that made it easier for the government to cancel press cards, a lawyer for the presidency defended their position by stating that it is in fact not required by law in Turkey to hold a press card in order to practice journalism.
A coalition of 10 international press freedom and journalism organizations has intervened at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in support of a case brought by Idris Sayılgan, a Kurdish journalist from Turkey jailed since 2016 on anti-terror charges. Sayılgan’s appeal to Turkey’s Constitutional Court, filed in July 2018, has gone unanswered. In January 2019, Sayılgan was sentenced to eight years and three months in prison.
Vice President Fuat Oktay responded to a question in parliament by CHP MP Ömer Fethi Gürer regarding press cards. According to Oktay, 3,804 press cards were cancelled in last 5 years.
A member of the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) Faruk Bildirici criticized a recent amendment concerning how public service announcements are labeled. According to Bildirici, 30-45 second commercial broadcasts on radio or television are normally quite expensive, but if they are designated as a public service announcement or a mandatory broadcast, they are free. As such, RTÜK receives a large number of applications for public service announcements, and many of these come from government ministries.
A lawsuit filed against prominent investigative journalist Çiğdem Toker has been dropped. The Şenbay Mining company was seeking 1.5 million TL in damages from Toker due to an article she wrote in which she claimed that the company was essentially handed a contract to help build a metro route to Istanbul's new airport without having to compete in a tender.
The collapse of the security situation in Syrian Kurdistan is due to a Turkish offensive as well as a counter-offensive led by the Syrian government, which has begun to deploy its forces in the northeast after having reached an accord with the local Kurdish authorities.
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Politics
Police have detained a woman for throwing a Molotov cocktail into her husband's business in the Black Sea province of Amasya. The woman cited her husband's abusive behavior as the motive of her attack.
Former British intelligence officer and a major White Helmets backer James Gustaf Edward Le Mesurier was found dead in Istanbul's Beyoğlu district. His death came just days after Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova accused him of being a spy in the Balkans and the Middle East.
The Uzbek Foreign Ministry has summoned Turkish Ambassador Mehmet Süreyya Er to inquire about the ongoing investigation regarding the death of Nadira Kadirova. The Uzbek woman was working in the house of a Turkish deputy from the ruling AKP when she allegedly committed suicide.
Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey have repeatedly violated an arms embargo on Libya, the United Nations Security Council Libya sanctions committee has said, adding that the three countries "routinely and sometimes blatantly supplied weapons with little effort to disguise the source."
A court has arrested journalist Ahmet Altan a week after he was released from prison in a case related to the botched coup of 2016. The decision to rearrest Altan was slammed internationally, with press and rights groups criticizing the judicial system and media freedom in Turkey. "Law has been buried under concrete," Altan's lawyer said.
European Union foreign ministers agreed on economic sanctions over Turkey's drilling off the coast of Cyprus, setting up the legal framework for travel bans and asset freezes but leaving names until a later date. The move was slammed by Turkish Foreign Ministry, which said that the country "will not cease to protect our rights stemming from international law and rights and interests of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus."
Main opposition Republican People's Party leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu is to pay President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a settlement of 50,000 TL after Erdoğan filed a lawsuit against Kılıçdaroğlu over comments he made during a speech in parliament last year. Erdoğan's lawyers had initially requested a sum of 1 million TL.
A court has ordered the arrest of the co-mayors of the eastern province of Van's İpekyolu district over “terror charges.” Yacan and Kurt were previously removed from their posts to be replaced with a trustee.
According to a recent report by the human rights commission of the Turkish Parliament, Silivri prison's inmate population more than doubled its official capacity. The commission also determined that the drinking water in the prison was coming through old and rusty pipes, which was resulting in health problems among the inmates.
The killing of a Syrian Kurdish politician in northern Syria during Turkish military offensive has raised criticism worldwide, with the murder reportedly committed by Ankara-backed rebels. The Amnesty International said Khalaf was dragged out of the car by the Ahrar al-Sharqiya militia, beaten and killed in a cold-blooded manner.
The European Court of Human Rights has fined Turkey to pay over 295 million Turkish liras in cases of rights violations in the past 16 years, Justice Ministry said in response to an opposition deputy's parliamentary question.
An official from the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK), Turkey's broadcast authority, has said that amendments will be made regarding the content that is considered admissible in ice cream adds, which he said “exceeded moral boundaries."
For the first time in Germany’s history, a politician with Turkish descent has won the mayor’s office in a major city. Belit Onay, a 38-year-old parliamentarian from the Green Party, claimed nearly 53 percent of the votes in a runoff ballot on Nov. 10.
Finding a building to rent in order to set the place up as headquarters turned into a major struggle for former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, with over 10 building owners turning him down over concerns of "getting into trouble afterwards."
Both Erdoğan and Trump have utilized their sons-in-law as "back channels" to foster the relationship between the two countries, especially during critical times, says an article penned by The New York Times. Berat Albayrak and Jared Kushner "have developed an informal, next-generation line of communication" between the two leaders, says the newspaper.
Economy
Following Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan's remarks regarding government support for all areas of exports, a new regulation was published in the Official Gazette, stipulating granting green passports, which ease visa requirements for plenty of countries, to exporters with an annual volume higher than 500,000 dollars.
Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Deputy Faik Öztrak has blasted the latest official inflation figures provided by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK), claiming that the actual figures are much higher. Öztrak urged TÜİK to reveal the details of their research.
Fitch has revised Turkey's outlook from "negative" to "stable" and affirmed its “BB-“ rating. “Turkey has continued to make progress in rebalancing and stabilizing its economy," Fitch analysts said.
A labor watchdog has announced that nearly 24,000 workers were killed in work-related accidents in the past 17 years, while slamming the government for its policies regarding workplace security.
Halkbank's lawyer Andrew Hruska has said that they will seek dismissal of the U.S. indictment, while also calling on Judge Berman to recuse himself over the court's impartiality.
Urban Beat
A parliamentary commission on technology addiction has prepared a report recommending certain methods geared towards combating this addiction, which include preventing parents from giving their children tablets or smartphones while at restaurants and malls, and encouraging that the concept of internet addiction be addressed in the Friday sermons at mosques.
Selda Bağcan, who in recent years has achieved international acclaim and is among Turkey's most beloved and renowned singers, will be performing in concert alongside the Istanbul Symphony Orchestra on Dec. 11 at the city's expansive Bostancı Gösteri Merkezi venue.
Acclaimed Turkish film director Ferzan Özpetek received the Italian Order of Merit, the country’s highest honor in Rome on Monday. Özpetek, born in Istanbul but a longtime resident of Italy, enjoys a large audience in Italy, Turkey, and worldwide.
The train stops at the Erzincan, İliç and Erzurum stations on the way to Kars, and at the Divriği and Bostankaya stations on the way back to Ankara. Stopping times are arranged so passengers can enjoy the sites and museums near the stations.
Belgian daily newspaper Le Soir published a correction and apology after a translation mistake was made in an earlier interview given by Turkish author Aslı Erdoğan to an Italian newspaper.
Municipalities in the capital Ankara have decorated pavement stones with mathematics, physics and chemistry formulas in a district due to the area being heavily student populated.
Environment and City Planning Minister Murat Kurum has stated that the purpose of recent draft legislation outlining the transfer of authority of several Bosphorus-adjacent districts to the central government was not to zone the areas around the strait for development, but to protect them and increase green spaces. Critics fear that if the legislation passes, a Bosphorus Ministry would be established, the president and deputy leaders of which would be appointed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.