TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on JAN. 31

Turkish dailies on Friday cover Prime Minister Erdogan's statements on phone-tapping cases and new regulations planned to be introduced to regulate procedures for monitoring and intercepting phone conversations.

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on JAN. 31

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Most Turkish dailies on Friday cover Prime Minister Erdogan's statements on phone-tapping cases targeting some of the top officials in the country and new regulations planned to be introduced to regulate procedures for monitoring and intercepting phone conversations.

"They intercepted even the President [Abdullah Gul]" is the headline presented by at least four newspapers, including dailies 'HABERTURK', 'STAR', 'YENI SAFAK' and 'AKSAM'.

Each of these dailies quotes Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying "They tapped everyone including me, Mr. President, Mr. Parliamentary Speaker, our families, our children." YENI SAFAK and AKSAM indicated that the group facilitating the tappings are a "parallel structure" within the state.

The "parallel state" controversy began in Turkey when the government accused a "parallel state" nestled within the judiciary and police of organizing "dirty plots" against it. The government says these plots include the comprehensive anti-graft probe launched on December 17, leading to high-profile arrests.

Daily 'HURRIYET' features Erdogan's statements on phone-tapping too, but it highlights his comments on new legisltion planned to be introduced to regulate authorization for monitoring and intercepting phone conversations.

HURRIYET's headline says unanimity requirement will be introduced to authorize tapping. Erdogan is quoted as saying, "High criminal courts will have to take the decision unanimously."

Daily 'MILLIYET' features an exclusive interview with Necdet Ozel, the Chief of General Staff. The daily quotes Ozel in its headline as saying "Before it is too late," referring to the possible retrials in cases handled by special-authority courts. Earlier this month, Turkish armed forces filed a criminal complaint regarding cases on its staff, urging for retrials. Recently, the government announced its plans to abolish all special-authority courts. Ozel urges for a resolution of the issue "without any more loss of rights."

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