The trend in that started just before the presidential elections in 2018 and accelerated after the elections changed the chemistry of the economy in Turkey. Private sector in Turkey was restricted in every aspect. From pricing to sourcing, to investment licenses, all regulatory higher bodies worked to make the entrepreneurs feel that ‘the party state’ was watching them at every step.
A report prepared by the Freedom of Expression Association in Turkey has revealed the extent of internet censorship in the country. "We wanted to show the public the unseen part of the iceberg when we were preparing this report. The current order in Turkey is oppressive and restrictive," Prof. Yaman Akdeniz from Istanbul's Bilgi University said.
NATO has put a defense plan for Poland and Baltic states into action after Turkey dropped its objections, officials from Lithuania, Poland and France have said. NATO declined to comment directly, saying that it "has plans in place to protect all allies. Those plans are regularly revised and updated."
Most judges and prosecutors are controlled or suppressed by the AKP-MHP government. Now, the last remaining independent civil rights groups, like the Bar Associations, are under attack.
Turkish authorities arrested one person and detained 11 others for insulting Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak's family through their social media posts, state-run Anadolu Agency said on July 1. The suspects face charges of "insulting a public official," the agency said.
Turkey has carried out the largest anti-narcotics operation in its history, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said on June 30, adding that it was conducted in cooperation with nine countries. "Traffic worth 500 million liras was prevented. It was the biggest operation in Turkey's history in terms of preventing income from drugs and crime," Soylu said.
The United States' National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) likened railroads and highways in Turkey's capital Ankara to arteries in an eagle-eye shot of the city at night, dubbed "photo of the day" on June 28.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was forced to hide comments during a live broadcast after pouring criticisms from students, with the video receiving over 368,000 dislikes on YouTube. The criticisms stemmed from the government's decision to bring forward nationwide university admission exams to an earlier date in late June than scheduled, which prompted outrage among students.
Former president Abdullah Gül said that Turkey urgently needs to get out of the atmosphere that supports the logic of a party-state, adding that Turkish economy is "still standing" thanks to the structural transformation in the first five years of the AKP. He noted that policies that overlap with the people's wills and that generate solutions, happiness and welfare need to be put forward.
Austria pledged on June 29 to find out who was behind clashes between Kurdish and Turkish protesters in the Austrian capital last week. "Austria's ambassador to Ankara will be invited to our ministry and informed of our concern," the Turkish Foreign Ministry said, accusing Austrian security forces of meting out "harsh" treatment to the Turkish protesters.
Hale Gönültaş writes: 38-year-old Afghani nurse Nefise Ajuri suffered burns on her body and face and lost part of her nose and her right ear as well as partial vision in her left eye as a result of an acid attack in Kabul in 2014. Ajuri has since made her way to Turkey. She lives with her three children in Ankara, has sustained numerous surgeries and continues to fight for her life.
Turkey's traditional Çubuk pickles saw a surge in both domestic and international demand curing the COVID-19 pandemic when probiotic foods became popular to counteract the illness' gastrointestinal symptoms, a local cooperative said. The Ankara district has already exported more pickles in 2020 than in all of 2019.
The veterans and family members of the deceased from the coup attempt in July 2016 who were trying to learn what happened to all the donations collected in their names were beaten in front of the ruling AKP headquarters last week. This protest was small in terms of the number of participants but a giant event in terms of its meaning.
Bar association heads have filed a criminal complaint against Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu and Ankara Governor Vasip Şahin for authorizing the police to halt their Defense March through a violent intervention. The criminal petition said that police officers at the scene of the incident "deprived the bar heads of their liberty” and “imposed torture and ill-treatment on them."
Turkish Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun said that a book by former U.S. national security adviser John Bolton had "misleading" and "manipulative presentations" of the conversations between President Erdoğan and U.S. President Trump. "It is clear that the goal of this mischaracterizations and falsehoods are driven by domestic political considerations as well as personal gain," Altun said.