ISTANBUL, March 7 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan
has threatened to ban Facebook and YouTube in Turkey in
an attempt to stop political foes anonymously posting audio
recordings purportedly exposing corruption and other
malpractices in his inner circle.
In the latest recording, released on YouTube late Thursday,
Erdogan is purportedly heard berating a newspaper owner over the
telephone about an article and suggesting the journalists be
sacked, in comments that will further stoke concerns over media
freedom and Erdogan’s authoritarian style of leadership.
KIRIKKALE, Turkey (Reuters) – Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday berated an Islamic cleric he accuses of plotting to wreck his government, as more voice recordings apparently intended to embarrass the Turkish leader were aired on the Internet.
Erdogan is locked in a power struggle with U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, a former ally he says is behind a stream of “fabricated” voice recordings purportedly revealing corruption in the prime minister’s inner circle.
ANKARA, Feb 26 (Reuters) – A second audio
recording, presented as the voice of Turkish Prime Minister
Tayyip Erdogan asking his son not to accept an amount of money
on offer in a business deal but to hold out for more, was
published on YouTube by an anonymous poster using a pseudonym on
Erdogan said a similar post on the video-sharing site on
Monday, allegedly of him telling his son Bilal to dispose of
large sums of cash as a graft investigation erupted, was faked
by his political enemies.
ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Wednesday approved a law boosting government control over the appointment of judges and prosecutors, even though he deferred some elements in the legislation to the Constitutional Court.
The law, along with a regulation tightening control of the Internet already approved by Gul, is seen by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s critics as part of a backlash against a corruption inquiry shaking his government.
ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) – Turks in the conservative Istanbul district where Tayyip Erdogan grew up stood defiantly by their prime minister on Wednesday in the face of a voice recording purportedly of him warning his son to hide large sums of money.
The mood contrasted sharply with one of outrage in areas where Erdogan enjoys less support, illustrating the deepening polarization of a country which his AK Party has ruled since 2002, presiding over a decade of growing prosperity.
ANKARA/KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai rejected criticism on Thursday of his government’s release of 65 detainees viewed by Washington as dangerous militants, further fanning tensions with the United States as the international mission in Afghanistan winds down.
Afghan officials described the release as justice for its own citizens who had faced unfounded U.S. accusations. But NATO, which runs the 12-year-old foreign military operation supporting the Karzai government, denounced it as “a major step backward”.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A Turkish newspaper said on Friday one of its journalists had been ordered to leave the country for criticizing Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Twitter, raising concerns about media freedom a day after Turkey tightened internet controls.
Today’s Zaman said its online editor Mahir Zeynalov, 27, from Azerbaijan, was escorted onto a plane in Istanbul by police. The paper is close to influential U.S.-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, locked in a feud with Erdogan revolving around a corruption scandal shaking his government.
ANKARA/INSTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s first nuclear power plant has hit further delays that will push back the start of production by almost a year after Turkish authorities requested resubmission of an environmental report, industry sources and experts said on Friday.
Russia’s Rosatom is building the first four nuclear reactors for energy-hungry Turkey, which has embarked on an ambitious nuclear programme led by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, to reduce its $60 billion annual energy import bill.
ISTANBUL, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Iraqi Kurdistan and the central
government in Baghdad are close to resolving a long-standing
dispute over the sharing of oil revenues, said the president of
Genel Energy, which operates in the region.
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Turkey signed in
November a package of energy deals providing for exports of the
semi-autonomous regions’ rich hydrocarbon reserves abroad
without having to get clearance from the central government.
ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – At the FEM University Preparation School in Uskudar, a conservative district on the Asian side of Istanbul, young men are quietly receiving specialized coaching in how to pass the exams that give access to the most important jobs in Turkey.
To a casual eye, nothing seems remarkable. As in nearly all Turkish schools, a portrait of modern Turkey’s secular founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk hangs in every classroom. Ataturk’s address to youth hangs on the wall at the school’s entrance.