TURKISH PRESS REVIEW JAN 15

The majority of Thursday’s newspapers cover: reactions after French magazine Charlie Hebdo released its first issue since last week’s attack; Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu’s remarks on ISIL; and Turkish author Yasar Kemal's health condition.

TURKISH PRESS REVIEW JAN 15

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Thursday’s newspapers dedicated their front pages to reactions after Charlie Hebdo released its first issue since the brutal attack on its offices and Turkish daily CUMHURIYET’s publishing of images and articles from the French magazine.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu’s remarks over Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fighters and famous Turkish author Yasar Kemal’s health condition were other news items which newspapers focused on.

CUMHURIYET headlined: “Full support for freedom.” On Wednesday, the newspaper published a four-page selection of images and articles from the latest edition of Charlie Hebdo.

The daily said that their solidarity with Charlie Hebdo was supported by both Turkey and the world. “Many political parties, unions and non-governmental organization representatives expressed their support by visiting and calling the newspaper building,” CUMHURIYET said.

HURRIYET wrote: “Barricaded measures,” running a photo of a policeman in front of the CUMHURIYET premises. The daily reported that police took precautions against any protests.

“High tension,” was MILLIYET’s front page. Police circled the CUMHURIYET newspaper building against threats and blocked off the street. A group of people staged protests in front of the premises at night, the daily reported.

HABERTURK said: “(Charlie Hebdo magazines) sold out in the early morning.” The paper ran a photo showing a long line of French people in front of a newspaper stall in the dark. It said that five million copies sold out within an hour. Many French people bought more than one copy.

Charlie Hebdo released its first issue on Wednesday since the brutal attack on its offices that killed 12 people last week, with a new cartoon showing the Prophet Muhammad on the cover.

The issue of was published in 16 languages, including Turkish.

The Prophet Muhammad, dressed in white, can be seen shedding a tear and holding a “Je suis Charlie (I am Charlie)” sign, below the headline "All is forgiven."

Similarly, VATAN mentioned the long lines in front of the newspaper stalls. It also said the cover of the magazine depicting a caricature of Prophet Muhammad had generated discussion.

AKIT criticized CUMHURIYET's decision to publish images and articles from the French magazine, noting that several politicians and non-governmental organizations had condemned the move. 

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu’s remarks over ISIL fighters is another news item that some newspapers focused on. “Fighters are a common concern,” MILLIYET said, referring to his remarks.

Speaking to a group of journalists travelling with him to Cyprus, Cavusoglu said: “Around 700 fighters (who have joined ISIL) are Turkish but many more of them are from European countries. What will happen when they return to their countries?”

HURRIYET quoted the foreign minister as saying: “Turkey is an open target of this organization.”

Almost every newspaper also gave coverage to legendary Turkish author Yasar Kemal’s health condition. CUMHURIYET and MILLIYET used the same title on their front pages, saying: “Great author is in intensive care.”

Ninety-two-year-old Yasar Kemal has been taken into intensive care at Istanbul (Capa) Faculty of Medicine. His condition is critical, says Mehmet Akif Karan, head doctor of the faculty. He is suffering from dyspnea and cardiac arrhythmia.

AKSAM reported a result of a survey conducted by Turkish Research Company A&G over the upcoming general elections in Turkey. "Leader is still Erdogan," read the headline of the daily. AKSAM quotes Adil Gur, president of the company, said that there would be no significant difference between the 2011 general elections results and the upcoming ones. 

Ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party is expected to garner 50 percent of the votes, while the main opposition Republican People's party, or CHP, is to receive 26 percent, the Nationalist Movement Party, or MHP, 15 percent and People's Democratic Party, or HDP,  9 percent, according to the survey. 

The general elections will take place in June 2015. 

 

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