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Miserable transformation of İstiklal Street, Taksim…

In Uncategorized on April 29, 2017 at 21:37


 Tuna Kiremitçi, a writer who is quite popular in Turkey, today tweeted sarcastically about the state of İstiklal Street, Taksim:

“[on the left], how Istiklal Street was once and  [on the right] its state after a nuclear war”


Discover the world’s biggest tulip carpet in Turkey

The historic Sultanahmet Square in Istanbul is currently home to a stunning display of 564,000 tulips.
The world’s biggest tulip carpet is part of the 12th Tulip Festival, and the location is where the Hippodrome of Constantinople was located.

The 1,453-square-metre tulip carpet in Istanbul, Turkey. Image: Ibrahim Halil Cekici/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

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#journalism agenda: “a list of initiatives that hope to fix trust in journalism and tackle “fake news”

In Uncategorized on April 29, 2017 at 14:42

Here’s a list of initiatives that hope to fix trust in journalism and tackle “fake news”

There’s lots.

I’ve tried to collect an extensive list of projects, initiatives and tools created to fix trust in journalism and false/fake news and misinformation. This also includes efforts and initiatives around verification. Where possible I’ve also tried to attach where the funding has come from for each initiative.

Fact Checking & Verification – Collaborations & Coalitions

Poynter International Fact Checking Network — United States

“The International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) is a forum for fact-checkers worldwide hosted by the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. These organizations fact-check statements by public figures, major institutions and other widely circulated claims of interest to society.”….

Editor’s note: Last weekend was the latest edition of my favorite journalism conference, the International Symposium on Online Journalism in Austin. You can catch up on what you missed through thesetwo epic YouTube videos of the two days’ livestreams.

But there were two talks in particular that I thought Nieman Lab readers might be interested in seeing, from America’s two top newspapers, The New York Times and The Washington Post. Both Andrew Phelps, an editor on the Times’ Story[X] newsroom R&D team, and Joey Marburger, the Post’s director of product, spoke about how they were using bots in their news operations.

So here’s one of them: This is Sam Manchester. He’s a deputy sports editor. I don’t know if anyone had the chance to see this — it was a relatively small experiment — but Sam was one of a lot of journalists who went to the Rio Olympics, and we actually asked Sam to text with people, anyone who would sign up, his personal observations from the games. You know, not breaking news, not headlines that you can get anywhere else, but to talk to people the way he might send texts to a friend, right?

The growing stream of reporting on and data about fake news, misinformation, partisan content, and news literacy is hard to keep up with. This weekly roundupoffers the highlights of what you might have missed.

“Something that Facebook has never done: ignoring the likes and dislikes of its users.” I really liked this recent BuzzFeed essay, “Donald Trump And America’s National Nervous Breakdown: Unlocking your phone these days is a nightmare,” in which Katherine Miller writes: “There’s so much discordant noise that just making out each individual thing and tracking its journey through the news cycle requires enormous effort. It’s tough to get your bearings.”


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#Wikipedia is blocked in Turkey [allegedly] due to some content “that takes an equal stand between state of Turkey and terror organizations

In Uncategorized on April 29, 2017 at 14:27

The reason is not officially stated but I have seen some Twitter users arguing about that. When there is no credible official sources, there will always be many explanations/ conspiracies. I believe there might be so much content Turkish authorities may not like because they cannot tolerate any different viewpoints to be documented, the very existence of why Wikipedia exists…

In any case, Turkey never surprises how shameful she can be in terms of internet freedom.

Turkey blocks Wikipedia under law designed to protect national security

Users trying to access online encyclopaedia via Turkish internet providers receive ‘connection timed out’ error message

Turkey has blocked Wikipedia, the country’s telecommunications watchdog said on Saturday, citing a law that allows it to ban access to websites deemed obscene or a threat to national security.

The move is likely to further worry rights groups and Turkey’s western allies, who say Ankara has curtailed freedom of speech and other basic rights in the crackdown that followed last year’s failed coup.

Related: Turkey arrests 1,000 and suspends 9,100 police in new crackdown





The online encyclopaedia is inaccessible under an official order, but no reason was given.|

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New photo from Facebook April 28, 2017 at 11:34PM

In Uncategorized on April 28, 2017 at 22:40

“Narcos Türkiye” via @wrzl via Facebook Pages

In the last few days, Turkey detained more than 1K police offices, attacked Kurdish positions in Syria and kept bickering with the EU….

In Uncategorized on April 28, 2017 at 17:52

In the biggest sweep since the referendum on presidential powers, those arrested were accused of being “secret imams” for the American-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.
Security General Directorate has announced that 9,103 law enforcement staff members have been suspended due to having a connection to the FETÖ/PDY. In operations all over the country, over a thousand police officers have been taken into custody.

Turkish Strikes Target Kurdish Allies of U.S. in Iraq and Syria

Kurdish officials said that one Turkish airstrike mistakenly struck Kurdish pesh merga troops on Mount Sinjar in northwestern Iraq, killing at least five.

Council of Europe vote puts pressure on Turkey over human rights

Pace votes to restart monitoring Turkey, a process it had relaxed in 2004, triggering furious reaction from Ankara

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe decided Tuesday to put Turkey on its watch list until “serious concerns” about respect for human rights, democracy and the rule of law “are addressed in a satisfactory manner”. The assembly’s decision was passed with 113 votes against 45 and marks the first time Turkey will be monitored since 2004. The Council has limited enforcement powers over its 47 member states.
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warned Turkey on April 27 that it must fully respect legal due process, as Ankara continues to make mass arrests after the July 2016 failed coup attempt.
The Council of Europe has restarted full monitoring of Turkey after 13 years. In future two observers will travel to the country on a regular basis to assess adherence to the rule of law and human rights. This is the result of Ankara’s increasingly authoritarian course, oppositional Turkish media conclude, while the pro-government press sees other reasons for the decision.

Turkey’s EU bid in jeopardy after Council of Europe vote

The Council of Europe has voted to reopen its monitoring procedure against Turkey. The decision deals another potentially fatal blow to Ankara’s EU membership hopes, as exiting the process was made a precondition of negotiations back in 2004.
Air strikes in Syria and Iraq kill about two dozen fighters from two Kurdish groups.

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New photo from Facebook April 28, 2017 at 01:05PM

In Uncategorized on April 28, 2017 at 12:10

Bu arada Schloss Wernigerode, Almanya. via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

New photo from Facebook April 26, 2017 at 02:40PM

In Uncategorized on April 26, 2017 at 13:45

Bu arada Polonya, Malbork’ta “Castle of the Teutonic Order” via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

#journalism agenda: Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales launches Wikitribune, to combat fake news…

In Uncategorized on April 26, 2017 at 10:21

I have already donated! 🙂

Wikipedia’s founder wants to fight fake news with a crowdfunded news site

Jimmy Wales is all about grand ideas: 16 years ago, he co-founded Wikipedia, one of the largest compendiums of information on the planet. Now, he’s out to tackle the plague of fake news on the web with a new venture called Wikitribune. Wikitribune is a global news site that will feature stories by professional journalists; their articles will be vetted and fact-checked by volunteers, and efforts will be made to ensure maximum possible transparency about the sources of information for each piece.

Good things can happen when a crowd goes to work on trying to figure out a problem in journalism. At the same time, completely crowdsourced news investigations can go bad without oversight — as when, for example, a group of Redditors falsely accused someone of being the Boston Marathon bomber. An entirely crowdsourced investigation with nobody to oversee it or pay for it will probably go nowhere. At the same time, trust in the media is low and fact-checking efforts have become entwined with partisan politics.

Jimmy Wales’ new Wikitribune

Jimmy Wales changed encyclopedias and news while he was at it. And now he’s at it at it again, announcing a crowdfunding campaign to start Wikitribune, a collaborative news platform with “professional journalists and community contributors working side-by-side to produce fact-checked, global news stories. The community of contributors will vet the facts, help make sure the language is factual and neutral, and will to the maximum extent possible be transparent about the source of news posting full transcripts, video, and audio of interviews.” The content will be free with monthly patrons providing as much support as possible, advertising as little as possible.

Jimmy Wales, one of the minds behind the internet’s cheat sheet, Wikipedia, has launched a new, unaffiliated website called the WikiTribune.

On the site’s opening video message, Wales adjusts his glasses and tosses out the site’s lofty ambition: “The news is broken, but we’ve figured out how to fix it.”

For news organizations, the promise of VR has been marred by a handful of challenges that have so far made it difficult to justify wholesale investment in the technology.

That’s clear from a new report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism that takes an in-depth look at the state of VR news in 2017. The conclusion: despite some earnest early efforts among news organizations, widespread adoption of the technology among consumers is still years away.

Meet HuffPost: New leadership, new look, new name

When talking about the future of the Huffington Post brand, editor-in-chief Lydia Polgreen points to the homepage “splash” following the news that Bill O’Reilly had been let go from Fox News.

The Huffington Post has pulled no punches with its tabloid-inspired homepage splashes.

“BILLY ON THE STREET,” its Bill O’Reilly story announced.

HE WENT TO JARED,” another proclaimed (Jared Kushner, that is).

Here’s another, on Rep. Devin Nunes:

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New photo from Facebook April 25, 2017 at 03:15PM

In Uncategorized on April 25, 2017 at 14:17

Bu arada Venezuela’da. via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

As European Commission urges ‘different type of relations’ with Turkey, “Ankara prosecutors launch probe into ex-French diplomat for ‘inciting’ Erdoğan’s assassination…

In Uncategorized on April 25, 2017 at 13:21

The European Union executive urged EU governments yesterday (24 April) to consider changing its relationship with Turkey after a referendum that handed President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sweeping powers put Ankara’s stalled membership talks deeper into cold storage.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on April 25 decided to reopen a monitoring process against the country

US: Turkish man charged with serious national security crime

The Iranian-born Turkish businessman Reza Zarrab has denied charges against him in the case over attempting to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran, while Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a deputy general manager of Halkbank, said he has no connection to the case

Ankara prosecutors launch probe into ex-French diplomat for ‘inciting’ Erdoğan’s assassination: Spokesperson

The Ankara Chief Prosecutor’s Office has launched a probe into a former French diplomat on charges of “instigation of the assassination of the president,” a presidential spokesperson said on April 24.

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