Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan won first and historic Turkish presidential election in which voters decided who will lead a country over the next term, he will serve as the 12th President of the Republic since Kemal Atatürk abolished Ottoman Empire and transformed Turkey into a republican political system. Erdogan will succeed party colleague and one of closest political allies Abdullah Gül and will continue AKP era in presidential office. According to media reports Erdogan won with 53% of votes after almost 95% of counted votes, while his opponents Ekmeleddin Ishanoglu i Selahattin Demirtas got just over 30 and 9 percent of support from Turkish voters. Continue reading “Erdogan wins Turkish Presidential elections”
Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić decided to freeze his attendance on trilateral meetings between Serbia, Bosnia and Turkey. Main reason for his decision not to attend any future meetings between leaders of three countries is Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during his recent visit to the city of Prizren in Kosovo. According to media reports PM Erdogan said “Kosovo is Turkey, Turkey is Kosovo”. Continue reading “Balkan – Turkey trilateral on hold due to Erdogan statements in Kosovo”
By: Riada Ašimović Akyol
It’s been a tense summer in Turkey this year. In June, the world’s eyes were on Istanbul’s Taksim Square, watching the protests sparked by anger toward the leadership of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Rumors that a new shopping mall would be constructed on the few remaining centrally located parks in Turkey’s biggest city set in motion an unforeseeable chain of events.
Often we heard populistic messages from foreign politicians visiting allies or friends all over the world and often those messages are intended to boost public confidence or to criticize local government for not doing this or that in a proper way. This week Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, visited Bosnian capital of Sarajevo to accept “Isa-beg Isakovic” award and held very interesting lecture at University of Sarajevo. Erdogan who’s well known as someone who often speaks his mind openly and without hesitations when it come to tough issues this time totally blow his chances to send positive message to Bosnian people. He came to country in which unemployment, as in many other European countries, today is extremely high, and where day-to-day life presents one of the greatest challenges to send a message that each family MUST to have at least three children. Continue reading “Turkish PM To Bosnians: Each family must to have three children”
Journalist associations, human rights organizations and international institutions including OSCE welcomed on Monday the release of four Turkish journalists from prison, including award-winning journalists Nedim Sener and Ahmet Sik. Beside Sener and Sik Turkish government imprisoned under the same charges also Sait Cakir and Coskun Musluk. Continue reading “Turkish government released four imprisoned journalists”
SURREY – Committee To Protect Journalists, renewed independent and non-governmental organization devoted to promotion press freedom worldwide by defending the rights of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal, issued recent two important annual reports. According to CPJ’s report on journalist imprisonment in 2011 number of those put behind bars jumped worldwide and Iran is leader, while Pakistan is a worldwide deadliest nation. Continue reading “In 2011 worldwide 78 journalists killed, 179 jailed – CPJ reports”
SURREY – Living in Canada and having all privileges of freedom especially when it comes to freedom of press and word doesn’t seems like anything unusual, we’re executing them every day in every possible way, through blogs, tweets, Facebook, print or electronic media, but that’s not a case in other parts of the world. Recently OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe) Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatovic, visited Turkey to meet Foreign Affair Minister Ahmet Davutoglu discussing media freedom situation in Turkey, in particular imprisonment of journalists and internet restrictions. Almost in a same time Mrs. Mijatovic released her condemnation on behalf of OSCE by recent killing of journalist Khadzimurad Kamalov in Russia’s southern republic of Daghestan. As many others including well known journalist and Putin critic Anna Politkovskaya, Kamalov, was shot dead near the newspaper’s editorial offices in Makhachkala. It seems that while one nation is leading fight against journalists through “lighter” and “democratic” options, other is using good old procedures used by previous leaders and regimes, just to mention Stalin, ending all problems with one or two bullets in the head. Continue reading “Turkey and Russia in the fight against journalists – Turks pushed them into prisons, the Russians simply kill”