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Mar 22, 2014

Furious reaction, political split after Turkey bans Twitter

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey’s ban on Twitter ahead of bitterly contested elections brought a furious reaction at home and abroad on Friday, with users of the social networking service denouncing the move as a “digital coup” and the president expressing his disapproval.

A court blocked access to Twitter after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s defiant vow, on the campaign trail on Thursday ahead of March 30 local elections, to “wipe out” the social media service, whatever the international community had to say about it.

Mar 21, 2014

Turkish Twitter ban draws public fury, sets PM at odds with president

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey’s ban on Twitter ahead of bitterly contested elections sparked public fury over a “digital coup” on Friday, brought international condemnation and triggered a rift between prime minister and president.

Courts blocked access to Twitter after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s defiant vow, on the campaign trail on Thursday ahead of March 30 local polls, to “wipe out” the social media service, whatever the international community had to say about it.

Mar 14, 2014

Leaked documents purport to reveal Turkish graft allegations

ISTANBUL, March 14 (Reuters) – A Twitter account behind a
string of leaks in a Turkish corruption scandal has posted what
it presented as prosecution files accusing former government
ministers of involvement with an Iranian businessman in a
bribery and smuggling racket.

The posting late on Thursday is the latest blow to Prime
Minister Tayyip Erdogan in a corruption scandal which has grown
into one of the biggest challenges of his 11-year rule, and
which he says is orchestrated by his political enemies to
undermine him weeks ahead of important local elections.

Mar 5, 2014

Insight -Turkey’s Erdogan rallies popular support in power struggle

ANKARA (Reuters) – Before cheering crowds, he dons the mantle of tragic hero, comparing his enemies to leeches, reciting a poem that once saw him jailed for sedition and invoking the memory of his political hero, toppled and hanged by the generals.

Turkish leader Tayyip Erdogan, shaken by a graft scandal he says is concocted by a former ally, is fighting to secure his political future in the run up to March polls. But more than that, he sees at stake the legacy of an 11-year drive to reshape Turkey, breaking the hold of a secular, urban elite.

Mar 5, 2014

Turkey’s Erdogan rallies popular support in power struggle

ANKARA (Reuters) – Before cheering crowds, he dons the mantle of tragic hero, comparing his enemies to leeches, reciting a poem that once saw him jailed for sedition and invoking the memory of his political hero, toppled and hanged by the generals.

Turkish leader Tayyip Erdogan, shaken by a graft scandal he says is concocted by a former ally, is fighting to secure his political future in the run up to March polls. But more than that, he sees at stake the legacy of an 11-year drive to reshape Turkey, breaking the hold of a secular, urban elite.

Feb 26, 2014

Turkish foreign minister says world has failed Syria

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey’s foreign minister said Syria’s worsening war now posed a danger to all countries because President Bashar al-Assad’s government had been allowed to continue its “crimes” while jihadists from around the world flooded in to fight him.

Ahmet Davutoglu told Reuters a robust international strategy including “real intelligence cooperation” and withdrawal of all foreign fighters was needed to end the conflict and help millions of Syrians devastated by violence.

Feb 25, 2014

Turkish PM says tapes of talk with son a fabrication

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan accused political rivals of shameless fabrication of a telephone tap of him telling his son to dispose of large sums of money on the day police raided houses in a graft inquiry into his government.

In a dramatic session of parliament after posting of the 11-minute audio tape on YouTube, Erdogan said his political enemies had penetrated encrypted state communications. He did not name the opponents but made it clear he was talking of a network run by former ally, Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Feb 25, 2014

Turkish PM’s office says Erdogan recordings are fake

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s office described as a dirty immoral fabrication voice recordings purporting to reveal Erdogan telling his son to dispose of large sums of money on the day police raided houses in a graft inquiry into his government.

The recording posted on YouTube, whose authenticity Reuters could not verify, marked a sharp escalation in a graft crisis Erdogan’s government says has been concocted by a U.S.-based cleric seeking to undermine his 11-year rule by using influence in the police and judiciary.

Feb 18, 2014

Turkey’s Gul approves law tightening Internet controls

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish President Abdullah Gul approved a new law tightening control of the Internet on Tuesday in a move bolstering embattled Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan but raising concerns about free speech.

The legislation, along with a law increasing government influence over the judiciary, is seen by Erdogan’s critics as an authoritarian response to a corruption inquiry shaking his government, a bid to stymie court cases and to stop leaks circulating online.

Feb 18, 2014

Turkey’s Gul seen approving tighter control of Internet, courts

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s president has signaled he will approve new laws tightening controls over the courts and the Internet, bolstering embattled Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan but deepening concerns about free speech and the rule of law.

The two bills, passed by parliament this month and awaiting President Abdullah Gul’s approval, are seen by Erdogan’s critics as an authoritarian response to a corruption inquiry shaking his government, a bid to stymie court cases and to stop leaks circulating online.

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