TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on OCT. 25

Turkish dailies cover on Friday statements by US ambassador to Turkey on Turkish National Intelligence Agency head Fidan, the European Union's reaction to reports that secret American surveillance targeted the German Chancellor's mobile phone, prime suspect Erhan Tuncel accused of instigating the 2007 murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, Turkish PM Erdogan's remarks on METU protests and the solution process, and Turkish team Trabzonspor’s 2-0 win over Poland's Legia Warsaw in third UEFA Euro League.

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on OCT. 25

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The agenda of Turkish dailies on Friday cover US ambassador to Turkey Francis Ricciardone's remarks on Turkish National Intelligence Agency Head Hakan Fidan, saying the former had the greatest respect for the latter. Daily VATAN headlined 'I have respect for Fidan,' sharing details of the speech in which the ambassador noted it was a privilege to work with him. The newspaper quoted Ricciardone as saying, "Fidan was certainly a dedicated and loyal, competent high official of (Turkish) government and he has one of the most responsible, difficult and sensitive positions." Daily CUMHURIYET headlined 'Missile is a strategic subject' regarding the possibility of a missiles purchase deal between Turkey and a Chinese company. The newspaper quoted Ricciardone as stateing, "Turkey will make it's own decision in the light of a full and thoughtful examination of the facts. We're dealing with the strategic regional defense question." Daily MILLIYET headlined 'Fidan is a loyal, competent high official of Turkish government' and quoted Ricciardone's comment that close cooperation between Turkey and the US in dealing with the sensitive problems in the region, security problems, defense and intelligence would continue.

The European Union's reaction to reports that secret American surveillance targeted German Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone was also extensively covered in Turkish dailies on Friday. 'Germany raved' was the headlined of daily TARAF, which described Germany's reaction to the issue. The daily also wrote of the Chancellor's call to US president Obama, during which she expressed that the issue was unacceptable and she wanted more information on the incident. Daily RADIKAL headlined 'phone-tapping gang in EU summit,' saying the incident was high on the agenda of the summit. Daily YENI SAFAK headlined 'Confidence lost,' noting that the US ambassador to Germany was summoned to the German Ministry for Foreign Affairs on Thursday and quoting Merkel as saying, "Alliance could only be built on confidence."

The majority of dailies covered prime suspect Erhan Tuncel, accused of instigating the 2007 murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink. Daily HURRIYET headlined 'Coffeehouse of Brother,' stating the key suspect hid in a coastal house in Istanbul's Kumburgaz district, reading books in a coffeehouse near his house. Noting he had there met Mehmet Ali Agca, a Turkish assassin who murdered left-wing journalist Abdi Ipekci in 1979 and later shot and wounded Pope John Paul II in 1981, the daily reported he was caught while he was walking along the streets in his neighbourhood. Daily AKSAM reported the suspect was in the prison and shared brief background after the trial on September 17, 2013, when the prosecutor wanted him to be punished. The court had decided on a warrant for his arrest, but Tuncel fled until he was found recently in Kumburgaz. Daily YENI SAFAK headlined 'Big Brother in prison' and quoted Tuncel as, "I lost a future in this way. My country shall live."

Many front pages addressed Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's meeting with Turkish president Abdullah Gul for dinner and the premier's talks during opening ceremony of a shopping mall, where a debate was held over the road protest of Turkish Middle East Technical University. Daily Vatan quoted Erdogan's statement "saying 'I don't want' is selfish and fascistic." Daily TURKIYE headlined " 'I said and it was done' is as fascistic as saying 'I don't want,' " reporting the premier as saying, "it is unfair to relate us with the green (conservative business circle)." Daily Aksam headlined 'Kandil-Imrali incompatibility blocks the solution process,' noting Erdogan's words on the government's continued commitment to the Kurdish solution process.

Turkish team Trabzonspor’s 2-0 win over Poland's Legia Warsaw in third UEFA Euro League also received extensive coverage in Turkish press. Daily ZAMAN headlined 'The storm of Black Sea took Legia Warsaw down: 2-0' and stated the team was continuing in its success. The daily gave a detailed explanation of the match, sharing statistics of who scored the goals and when, as well as who received yellow cards. Daily VATAN headlined 'Storm blows in Euro League' and noted the team increased its points to seven. Daily HURRIYET headlined 'Leader of Europe' and said that Turkey's representative in the Euro League defeated Legia Warsaw in the J group's third match. It added a stand in silence was held for 1461 Trabzon's football coach Kadir Ozcan, who died the previous day.

 

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