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Turkish dailies on Thursday cover a vast array of topics including developments regarding the historical artifacts unearthed in the western province of Izmir and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's comments on phone-tapping cases.
Daily HURRIYET highlights the developments regarding the historical artifacts unearthed in the western province of Izmir which became the focus of media attention after claims that a market chain would build a warehouse on the archeological site. The daily features an exclusive interview with the owner of the market chain, Latif Topbas, who says his company applied to the Culture and Tourism Ministry for the expropriation of the artifacts which include 1,600-year-old mosaics.
Daily MILLIYET carries the headline "This is espionage." The daily features an interview with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his way back to Turkey from Germany. Erdogan calls phone-tapping cases targeting him as spying activities. He also accuses certain groups of trying to infiltrate the army.
Daily HABERTURK headlines "Jet-ban era in internet," referring to the endorsement of a new bill on the Internet in the Turkish parliament. The bill grants the official cyberspace authority to make decisions on its own to block websites. The daily emphasizes that a court decision will not be required for the cyberspace authority to block access to a website.
Daily VATAN highlights a New York Times story on a phone conversation between Prime Minister Erdogan and several Gezi Park protestors, who took to the streets after the government moved in last summer to replace part of a park at the heart of Istanbul with a mall. In a conversation between Erdogan and a professor, the latter complains about the violent conduct of police officers. In reply, Erdogan says, "Don't worry, I called those responsible to my office and rebuked them."
Daily TURKIYE features a story on Turkey's first domestically-manufactured aircraft carrier. The daily quotes Israeli newspaper Jerusalem Post's analysis on the carrier's possible effects on the Eastern Mediterranean. Jerusalem Post had said "Turkey took a major step in altering the naval balance in the eastern Mediterranean by contracting the construction of a multi-purpose amphibious assault ship." The daily TURKIYE says even the contract of the ship was enough to intimidate the countries in the region.Last Mod: 06 Şubat 2014, 12:18