TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on JUN. 24

Tuesday's daily newspapers covered news that Aziz Yildirim, chairman of Fenerbahce -- one of the country's biggest football clubs -- will not be sent back to jail during a retrial in an alleged match-fixing scandal. Dailies also focused on a World Bank revision of the Turkish economy's growth rate forecast. and new police data regarding traffic accidents across the country.

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on JUN. 24

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Today’s Turkish newspapers featured the news that Aziz Yildirim, president of Fenerbahce – one of the biggest football clubs in the country – will not be sent back to jail over a purported match-fixing scandal, after an Istanbul court ordered a retrial into the allegations.

In other news, data released by the National Police Department on nationwide traffic accidents revealed that over 1,200 people were killed in the first five months of 2014.

Papers also focused on the World Bank's revision of the Turkish economy's growth rate forecast.

STAR covered the match-fixing story with the headline "Yildirim recovered," noting that Fenerbahce's chairman will not return to prison and his presidency of the club will continue.

HABERTURK described the retrial as a "Victory of determination". The paper said that the retrial had been decided unanimously by Istanbul’s 13th High Penal Court and quoted Fenerbahce spokesman Mahmut Uslu as thanking “Turkish justice”.

"Good news for Fenerbahce supporters," reported HURRIYET saying how the Fenerbahce chairman, who was accused of match fixing during the 2010-11 football season, had previously been sentenced to six years and three months in prison.

Data released by Turkey's National Police Department on traffic accidents across Turkey also made the front pages. TURKIYE ran with: "We are losing one province within one year." The daily reported that more than 1,200 people were killed in road accidents across Turkey in the first five months of this year.

BUGUN covered the story under title "1,204 killed in 5 months". It said 50, 172 accidents were deemed to be fault of drivers, while 6, 729 incidents happened because of pedestrians.

"U turn from the World Bank" said YENI SAFAK, referring to the international institution’s revision of Turkey’s growth rate estimate. The paper reported that the organization upgraded the growth rate estimate to 3.5% from 2.4%. AKSAM ran with "The world upgraded Turkey".

The up-to-date revision dismissed the World Bank's previous trimming of Turkey's growth expectation down to 2.4% in a global prospect report on June 11.

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