A Turkish public prosecutor ruled sexual assault threats against journalist Nevşin Mengü, politician Canan Kaftancıoğlu, lawyer Feyza Altun and actress Berna Laçin were "harsh criticism." The court said they didn't have legal grounds to prosecute the defendant for making a threat.
It is no secret that Emine Erdoğan cherishes high end products, but to mention how much they cost or be critical of her taste is a no-no. This has been the case for more than a decade, even before the Erdoğan family moved into the Palace. Back then, top management in mainstream papers strongly advised […]
The Istanbul Regional Courts of Justice has upheld the nine-year prison sentence handed to CHP's Istanbul chair Kaftancıoğlu. Kaftancıoğlu was last year sentenced to prison for old tweets that allegedly "spread terrorist propaganda and insult the President." The CHP says the conviction is politically motivated.
The ruling AKP government and social media platforms have a love-hate relationship. The AKP loves using social media tools to spread its own narrative and propaganda, but they are highly disturbed that opposition voices can be so loud on the very same platforms.
Turkish main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) filed complaints about social media trolls who made sexual assault threats to CHP Istanbul Chair Canan Kaftancıoğlu. The comments against Kaftancıoğlu came after she defended Başak Demirtaş, the wife of jailed former co-chair of pro-Kurdish Democratic People's Party (HDP) Selahattin Demirtaş, who had just been the target of similar attacks.
Girls are always the topic of political discussion in this country. Since the parliament formed that notorious divorce commission in 2015, we have been discussing early marriages and abuse. Statistics have shown an increase in abuse. This is the consequence of a government that has been obsessed with pardoning abusers “despite the general view of the public.”
CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has urged President Erdoğan to remove Defense Minister Hulusi Akar from duty if a coup is suspected to be underway, as he commented on recent coup speculations. "Who could do a coup? The army could. If a coup is in question, then he should replace Hulusi Akar with someone else and prevent a coup," he said.
Turkey’s media watchdog penalized a program on the opposition news broadcaster Halk TV with a five-time broadcast cancellation and a monetary fine over on-air comments of the main opposition CHP's Istanbul chair Canan Kaftancıoğlu. "In the upcoming period, I see a change of the ruling power with an early election or in another way, even a system change," Kaftancıoğlu had said on Halk TV's "Sözüm Var" program on April 30.
HDP deputy chairman Saruhan Oluç has said that rumors of a new coup attempt in Turkey are aimed to provide the ruling AKP with a story of victimization, questioning why Defense Minister Hulusi Akar is silent on the issue if there is really a threat of a coup attempt on the horizon. Main opposition CHP chair Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu on the other hand said that the AKP initiated the rumors to "cover up its inaptitude" in governing the country.
Turkish coup speculation a means for AKP to justify its authoritarianism, says former ally Davutoğlu
Future Party chair Davutoğlu, once a close ally to President Erdoğan, has said that the AKP is trying to justify its authoritarian policies by keeping the speculation of a new coup attempt alive and has asked why Erdoğan has not been to the capital Ankara for the last 45 days if he really believes a coup attempt is on its way.
AKP’s Istanbul chair issues a thinly veiled threat to CHP’s Kaftancıoğlu: Bosphorus strait is deep-sea
The ruling AKP's Istanbul chair Şenocak has issued a thinly veiled threat to CHP's Istanbul head Kaftancıoğlu after she said that the AKP will no longer be the political party in power in the upcoming period as a result of an "early election or in another way.” "She should know that the Bosphorus [water] is cool this season and deep in the summer,” Şenocak wrote on Twitter.
CHP Istanbul chair Canan Kaftancıoğlu has questioned the accuracy of death certificates amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, saying that coronavirus deaths are reported as being caused by "infectious diseases." "It's known that 100 percent of those who died over infectious diseases in this period actually died of coronavirus," she said, while sharing a picture of the death certificate prepared for a doctor who died of coronavirus.
CHP Istanbul chair called to testify in case into taking pictures of presidential aide’s illegal construction
CHP Istanbul chair Canan Kaftancıoğlu was called to testify in the case into the taking pictures of Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun's house in Istanbul's Kuzguncuk. She was called on April 28 as part of the criminal complaint filed by Altun's lawyer Sezgin Tunç. She is accused of "praising a crime and a criminal," as well as "encouraging a crime."
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's aide Fahrettin Altun has filed a criminal complaint against CHP's Istanbul provincial chair Canan Kaftancıoğlu after she threw her support behind CHP Üsküdar district head Suat Özçağdaş who is accused of taking photographs of a property rented by Altun. The property in question is at the center of a public controversy after a report revealed that an illegal construction was undertaken on it.
Singer Şükriye Tutkun and art director Yudum Yontan, two neighbors of Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun and his wife Fatmanur Altun, has come to their defense over reports of his illegal construction in Istanbul's Kuzguncuk neighborhood. They said that the land that the construction was made was a dump where drug addicts were dwelling in, hence finding the construction a positive move for the neighborhood.