TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON SEP 1

Tuesday's dailies mainly cover the new rewards offered to those in Turkey who provide information regarding terrorists

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW ON SEP 1

World Bulletin / News Desk

Tuesday's dailies dedicated their front pages to the Turkish Interior Ministry's new regulation which offers a reward of up to 4 million Turkish liras (approx. $1.3 million) to those who provide information regarding perpetrators of terrorism. 

The regulation, which was published in Turkey's Official Gazette on Monday, comes after a surge in violence in the country between the Turkish security forces and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

"The award is 4 million Turkish liras," read VATAN's headline, reporting though that the award would not exceed 200,000 liras (approx. $68,000) except if the information provided concerned such PKK members as Murat Karayilan, Cemil Bayik and Duran Karayilan.

According to the paper, those who would inform on, for instance, the aforementioned individuals, would be awarded up to 4 million liras. The daily adds that the informer's identity would not be revealed. 

MILLIYET ran with the headline: "Reward time for informers".

The paper said that rewards would be attributed in exchange for information on all terrorist groups -- such as the PKK, ISIL and the far-left Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C). Furthermore, any Turkish citizen or foreigner is eligible to receive the reward. 

Fighting between the PKK and Turkish security forces saw a fragile lull for a two-and-a-half year period from early 2013 in what was publicly known as the "solution process" in an attempt to end the 40-year conflict.

The efforts led by the Turkish government were abandoned in July when the PKK renewed its armed struggle.

More than 60 members of the security forces have been martyred in the violence so far while Turkey says land and air operations in Turkey and northern Iraq have killed more than 900 terrorists.

In other news, Turkish newspapers covered the increasing refugee crisis in Europe after Hungary erected a temporary wire fence at the Serbian border. 

"Wall of Shame" was HURRIYET's headline, referring to the fence. The paper claimed that the biggest migration since the Second World War set the European countries at odds. 

Hungarian authorities are currently building a four-meter-high fence along its border with Serbia as it struggles to cope with record numbers of refugees and asylum seekers.

On Sunday, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius slammed Hungary in particular over the building of the wire fence along the Serbian border.

"Hungary is part of Europe. Europe has values and these values are not respected by putting up wire fences," he said. 

Hungarian Foreign Affairs Minister Peter Szijjarto called the French foreign minister's critique "shocking and groundless".

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