Monthly Archives: December 2014

Turkey’s annus horribilis

What a vicious circle Turkey’s story has been. While writing this column — the last one of this year — I first came to think of the event which apparently was the harbinger of the downward spiral to come: the … Continue reading

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Turkish media: Only worse, as the debacle deepens

At this stage of events in Turkey, I am at a loss for words. It pains me to be a spectator, as all of society is paralyzed, when the delicate process of democratic transition is brutally hijacked by a single … Continue reading

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Turkey: Media clampdown foretold

Turkey under the rule of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has come much closer to a format of despotism, with police raids targeting mainly the media: the Zaman daily and the STV channel. It was an operation given the disguise of … Continue reading

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Turkey: Security Bill Undermines Rights

The Turkish government’s proposed expansion of police powers to search and detain and for the use of firearms would undermine human rights protections, reported Human Rights Watch: A number of the proposals in a draft security bill would circumvent the role … Continue reading

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Turkey’s year of self-destruction

As Turkey’s “annus horribilis” nears an end, it is time for reflection. What has happened since the allegations of corruption on Dec. 17 and 25 erupted has been a revelation, a “wake-up” moment and a case study on the corrosion … Continue reading

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Erdoğan and Modi: Parallel journeys for Turkey and India?

Amitav Ghosh, an Indian scholar, here presents an analysis, comparing Turkey and India, in their political management: Back in March 2013, when I received and accepted an invitation to visit Bogazici University, I did not for a moment imagine that … Continue reading

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Rock bottom for Turkish media?

I had never thought it would come to this. I must say that I was prepared for most of it, but was caught completely off guard by the rest. It took place during the 2014 World Press Freedom Awards’ Gala, … Continue reading

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