TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on FEB. 24

Turkish dailies cover domestic politics and international football on Monday.

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on FEB. 24

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Turkish dailies on Monday dedicate their front pages mostly to domestic news, with daily Star claiming that a "parallel organization" which the government says is nestled in the judiciary and police wiretapped seven thousand people, among them ministers and high-ranking figures from politics, business, civil society, media and academia.

The daily names it the "biggest wiretapping scandal in Turkish history," publishing a full page of phone numbers which it says are all active, some of them with full names.

In a feature story on the "parallel organization," daily Sabah claims to have unveiled a plot by the group against a police chief by fabricating documents and false witnesses against him.

Gul on recent judicial and Internet law

Turkish dailies cover President Abdullah Gul's remarks on the recent judicial reform along with another law on Internet regulations. Daily Milliyet's headline is "15 objections from the (Presidential) Palace," with the daily quoting Gul as saying the law on the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) containes 15 instances of constitutional violation.

"The daily says Gul explained that the presidential law bureau studied the recently passed law, concluding that fifteen points within 12 articles were in violation of the Turkish Constitution. The law awaits Gul's ratification. He had previously asked for amendments to the law.

On the Internet law that Gul ratified last week which tightens the government's control over the web, Daily Radikal quotes Gul as saying he chose not to veto it so that he could seek its amendment.

"The veto was the easy way out but I could not have had it fixed and it would have come back as is," the daily quotes Gul as saying. The President of Turkey can only return a law once to the Parliament.

Gul said the choice of ratifying the law allowed him to have the necessary amendment passed in a parliamentary commission.

Turkey in Euro 2016 qualifiers draw

Turkish dailies cover the results of Turkey's draw in UEFA 2016 European Championship qualifications round. According to the draw, the dailies publish on Monday that Turkey plays against the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Latvia, Iceland, and Kazakhstan in Group A.

Last Mod: 24 Şubat 2014, 11:17
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