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Live blog: Muharrem İnce’s #Maltepe /İstanbul rally #TurkeyElections

In Uncategorized on June 23, 2018 at 12:49


Streamed on Periscope here:


In other news:


President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Image taken from the Russian presidential press-service. Licensed for re-use.

Ahead of Turkey’s snap elections, Erdoğan faces 3 main challenges

Kemal Kirişci and Ömer Taşpınar discuss the factors that could determine the outcome of a crucial Sunday election in Turkey that stands to either temper Erdogan’s ambitions or further consolidate his authoritarian rule.

I am standing against Erdoğan – from prison cell | Selahattin Demirtaş

I was arrested 20 months ago. But in tomorrow’s presidential election I represent all Turks who believe in democracy

Inside stories: Turkey’s grim tradition of publishing behind bars

Former HDP leader Selahattin Demirtaş has published a short story collection, written while in jail awaiting trial – just the latest example of a writer clashing with Turkey’s government

At the Istanbul book fair last November, there was a signing for the politician Selahattin Demirtaş’s short story collection Seher (Dawn). Demirtaş, former leader of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP), has been in pre-trial detention since November 2016, and 20 authors stepped in for him as an act of solidarity. It lasted more than six hours as hundreds queued to get their copies signed.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the front-runner going into elections Sunday, but an economic downturn, rising prices and agricultural problems make him vulnerable.
Here are the five opposition candidates running against Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the race for the Turkish presidency.
Just election in Turkey not possible, says imprisoned Kurdish candidate

From prison cell in Edirne, Selahattin Demirtaş urges citizens to vote against one-man rule by Erdoğan

Dressed in a suit and burgundy tie, Selahattin Demirtaş addressed his supporters through Turkey’s state-run TV. He urged citizens to vote against one-man rule by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his ruling party, the AKP, whom he described as bullies.

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#TurkeyElections- Muharrem İnce’s massive rally in Istanbul on Saturday aims to re-own #Istanbul

In Uncategorized on June 22, 2018 at 14:34

Here are some of posters of the rally that is to take place tomorrow:


Erdogan in major Istanbul rally ahead of Turkey vote

Istanbul’s ‘migrant map reflects voting behavior’

The social geographic map of Istanbul shows the city is divided into two parts with distinct lifestyles and political convictions, said urban expert
Fadıl Şenyaşar, who has lost his father and two brothers in the armed attack in Suruç in Turkey’s southeastern province of Urfa, has been arrested in relation with the death of Mehmet Şah Yıldız, the brother of the AKP Urfa MP İbrahim Halil Yıldız.
‘People are smiling again’: opposition finds its voice before Turkish elections

Despite a climate of fear after crackdown, opposition rallies have drawn large crowds

There are two views of Istanbul from the office of Murat Sabuncu, the editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet, Turkey’s oldest independent newspaper and the last still publishing. The windows on one side look on to an old cemetery. Those on the other side face the courthouse.

  1. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Three Scenarios to Expect From Turkey’s Upcoming Elections  War on the Rocks

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Mural #istanbul Festival opens…

In Uncategorized on June 20, 2018 at 11:03


Mural Istanbul Festival opens

Organized by the Kadıköy Municipality, the Seventh Mural Istanbul Festival opens June 20. During the event until June 28, artists from the world will
More mural photos here
in the meantime: 
Turkey’s biggest mosque, the construction of which in Istanbul’s Çamlıca Hill is approaching an end, will cost $100 million, which amounts to just a third of the initial estimate, its architects told daily Hürriyet on June 15. Click through for the photo story..

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#Journalism agenda: “Courage – Journalism is not a crime” – A documentary by Tom Heinemann

In Uncategorized on June 19, 2018 at 17:39

Courage – Journalism is not a crime They are devoted to journalism but are under an immense pressure by governments, companies and criminals. They use the investigative toolbox to fight corruption and injustices. They reveal what those in power wants to hide. They face torture, jail and even death, but still they keep on fighting for freedom of expression. From three different countries on different continents – with one thing in common. They have Courage – because Journalism is not a crime.

In other news:

Detention Period of Journalist Ece Sevim Öztürk Extended

The detention period of journalist Ece Sevim Öztürk, who has been in custody for the last week, has been extended for another seven days.

The event began with the second annual Women in News Summit featuring the BBC, The New York Times, former editor-in-chief of USA Today and author of That’s What She SaidJoanne Lipman, former CEO of Gizmodo Media Group Raju Narisetti, and many others committed to championing diversity within their news organizations. Their impressive stories and good practices alone made the trip to Portugal worthwhile.

Turkey: new rules, old concerns

Turkey is preparing for the parliamentary and presidential elections of June 24 with the new constitutional asset pushed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. We analyzed the situation on the eve of the vote with the constitutionalist Fikret Erkut Emcioğlu

Reuters Institute’s Digital News Report finds a decline in social media usage for news for the first time in seven years

The study also looked at news literacy levels for the first time, and found that 68 per cent of respondents were unaware of the financial difficulties of news organisations

People are becoming disenchanted with Facebook for news. The “Trump bump” appears to be sustaining itself. And younger people are more likely to donate money to a news organization than older people.

In the U.S., the left trusts the mainstream media more than the right, and the gap is growing

As Facebook moves to privilege “broadly trusted” sources in its News Feed, our research shows that broadcasters and newspapers are more trusted than digital-born outlets across a number of countries.

One-of-its-kind course teaches journalism as well as engineering and computational methods, to better prepare media for facing new threats

Report: Have publishers banned Facebook trackers from their pages after the Cambridge Analytica scandal?

After the New York Times and the Guardian reported a massive data leakage revealed by former Cambridge Analytica employee Chris Wylie, Facebook’s Marc Zuckerberg got into hot water. Journalists and experts expressed and echoed their criticism to an unprecedented level. However, the news media are in the same boat. Most of them have been allowing tracking scripts from Facebook (and others) on their websites to benefit from the social network’s advertising revenue, analytics data and demographic insights. After their outrage about the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the question is:

Have publishers loosened their interdependent relations with Facebook?

Who’s exhausted by news? Everyone, but especially Republicans, white people, and people who don’t follow news closely

Let’s start by saying that pretty much everyone is exhausted by the news: 68 percent of Americans are “feeling overwhelmed by the amount of news there is,” according to a new Pew survey. But the figure is even higher among Republicans (77 percent of those surveyed are overwhelmed), people who don’t follow news closely/say they follow the news “only when something important is happening,” and white people: “Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of white Americans express fatigue with the amount of news, much higher than among both Hispanic (55 percent) and black Americans (55 percent).”

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As imprisoned Demirtaş’s candidacy speech at TRT becomes a Youtube Trend, several viral videos from the opposition hit social media… #TurkeyElections

In Uncategorized on June 19, 2018 at 15:43

This is Demirtaş’ speech:



Selahattin Demirtas is Turkey’s pro-Kurdish opposition candidate. He’s been held in prison for the past 20 months, campaigning via social media and now, TV.
A viral from CHP:

Another one from Saadet:

Can the Turkish Opposition beat Erdoğan?

The most likely challenger on June 24 is the CHP’s candidate Muharrem İnce who will have an uphill battle.

A huge banner for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan goes up in Ankara, Turkey, on June 17, 2018. Qin Yanyang/Press Association. All rights reserved.

Turkey’s Islamists and secularists join forces in bid to unseat Erdoğan

Presidential contender Temel Karamollaoğlu tells the Guardian he hopes to weaken Erdoğan’s hold on power

Bloomberg piece: Erdogan Tightens His Grip on Turkey

The most pivotal elections in modern Turkish history are taking place June 24th. If Recep Tayyip Erdogan wins, the once ceremonial position of president will become the formal nexus of political power. The vote comes as Turkey is under a state of emergency and Erdogan is cracking down on opposition news sources, making the country the world’s biggest jailer of journalists. A poll commissioned by Bloomberg shows the election could go down to the wire. This is the story of how Erdogan has tightened his grip as part of a years-long drive to transform Turkey.


Turkey elections 2018: everything you need to know

Erdoğan is running for president, of course, but who else is in the running for control?

Who’s been affected by Turkey’s state of emergency?

Presidential and parliamentary elections are being held under a national state of emergency.
As elections take place two years after a failed coup in Turkey, how many people are in prison and how many have lost their jobs?

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#TurkeyElections- CHP’s viral video target Internet youth: “Let’s design a world without ‘bugs’

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2018 at 15:01

Main opposition party, CHP, finally goes beyond its routine and unsuccessful campaigning. Slowly…
Al-Monitor – Ayla Jean Yackley – Jun 13, 9:07 PM

Turkey has entered the final stretch of a historic election campaign and public opinion polls are giving President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a clear lead in his re-election bid. Yet a lack of confidence surrounding opinion research in Turkish politics


Piotr Zalewski Twitter da This is getting weird …


From a Muharrem İnce rally.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has rejected a challenge made by main opposition Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) presidential candidate Muharrem İnce for a live debate on television.
The Turkish government has slammed the interim report of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on the upcoming elections in Turkey.
Muharrem İnce, the presidential candidate of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), has pledged to end compulsory religious courses and continue to offer elective religious courses in public schools.

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#Cyberculture agenda:”An Irish band’s tribute to Aaron Swartz…

In Uncategorized on June 17, 2018 at 16:31

An Irish band’s tribute to Aaron Swartz

Brian writes, “I play in band in Dublin, Ireland. In January 2017 we released an album called ‘Long Gone’ and on it we had a song called ‘Papaya‘ which I wrote after watching The Internet’s Own Boy. It is a tribute to Aaron Swartz. The title came when I was singing ‘The panic is spreading like fire’ I really spat out the ‘like fire’ and the rest of the guys in the band thought I was saying ‘papaya’. The ‘Simple, really, simple reallys…’ came from RSS.”

EU’s interactive map lets you explore the local cryptocurrency startup scene

Have you ever wanted explore the cryptocurrency scene in Europe? The EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum has built a nifty interactive map that lets you scout the European crypto-ecosystem for relevant startups and events. The tool makes it pretty easy to discover blockchain companies and events.

Things have not been going Stephen Bannon’s way lately. He got ousted from the Trump administration in August last year and from far-right publication Breitbart News in January this year. But it appears he has a new masterplan to make a grand comeback. A report from the New York Times (NYT) indicates that the former President Trump’s Chief Strategist is now betting on cryptocurrencies. He already has a ‘good stake’ in Bitcoin and plans to help companies — even, countries —  create new virtual currencies of their own. Bannon didn’t reveal his exact plans with cryptocurrencies to NYT — fearing…

Beyond sex robots: Exploring other erotic technologies

Sex robots, more specifically sex dolls, are getting all the media attention, despite a bigger alternative market for other erotic technologies. From sound-controlled vibrators to 3D printed clitorises, these products get overshadowed by both hype and concern over how the dolls would affect human sexuality and relationships.  But the future of sex is more than just sex robots. And the sex tech revolution is heading in a direction that’s different from what’s been seen in the news. Sex tech is a controversial field. Help WikiTribune explore the other possibilities in this niche but growing market. Questions we’re interesting in exploring

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New photo from Facebook June 16, 2018 at 05:47PM

In Uncategorized on June 16, 2018 at 16:48

Tanıdık geldi mi? Charlie Chaplin’in “Pay Day” filminden. via Facebook Pages

New photo from Facebook June 16, 2018 at 10:16AM

In Uncategorized on June 16, 2018 at 09:23

#HayvanaŞiddetSuçtur via Facebook Pages

#TurkeyElections and Fake News. More ideas based on a recently quoted Al Jazeera article…

In Uncategorized on June 15, 2018 at 17:27

A CHP deputy’s Twitter message on the Suruç incident: “All the media reports that ‘Attack on AKP in Suruç’. However, there are some questions: 1- Would a store owner attack a visiting group with arms? 2- 3 are dead from the side that did supposedly attack, and 1 dead from the “attacked” party. 3. Those who are claimed to be the attackers are taken to the hospital and they commit suicide there? Quite a complicated issue.


Quoted in an AlJazeera piece. (Will spike in fake news have an impact on elections in Turkey?)

‘Undermining journalism’

Erkan Saka, a blogger and academic at Istanbul Bilgi University, blamed the government’s crackdown on established news media following the failed coup attempt for the rise in fake news.

Following the coup attempt, the Turkish government closed at least 16 TV channels, 45 daily newspapers and 29 publishing houses, many of which were previously accused of supporting Gulen’s movement.

“The rise in fake news can be attributed to the government’s repeated attacks on established news media, which has undermined the credibility of professional journalism,” Saka said.

Several independent newspapers have been coopted by the state, with many young Turks and savvy internet users resorting to using VPNs to access banned websites, blogs and chat rooms.

However, Facebook and Twitter were still a major source of news for many users, he said, with around 89 percent of Turks using social media as a source of news.

“Because of the media shake-up, sites such as Twitter are playing a devastating role in the spread of fake news.

“This could explain why the government is adopting an approach towards Twitter, rather than Facebook, because it’s far more critical of the government and in the public domain,” Saka said.

This is one way of looking at the fake news phenomena: As credible /and professional media organizations are closed, citizens rely on social media platforms as news resources and they are easily exposed to streams of fake news.

However, as I continue to observe election process, I would like to add a few more words on the state of fake news.

First of all, fake news in Turkey is predominantly produced by mainstream news channels. After the sale of Doğan Media Group a few months ago, one cannot expect a tiny bit of truth from the 90% pro-government dominated Turkish media. Just check out a tragic event that happened yesterday (14 June 2018). In Suruç town- close to Syria border- an AKP MP candidate entered a shop as part of his election campaign with his bodyguards. The store owners reportedly said there is no vote for AKP. They were harassed and in the ensuing gunfight 5 people are killed. Two of the wounded- a father and his son, store owners- were killed in the hospital by the relatives of the killed AKP member. The story is reported in Turkish media as AKP members were attacked by PKK… Turkish media is not only producing propaganda for the ruling party but it went beyond that and it is producing fake news. The Suruç case is only the last of a series of lies.

After only contextualizing fake news in a broader media structure, one should talk about digital media and especially social media:

Twitter is sort of dominated by the opposition, urban and educated citizens who are quick to decipher fake news. However, Facebook is where the filter bubbles are more effective. I observe my father who has recently joined Facebook and he loves to be there. He is exposed to pro-government fake news and he seems to be buying. We have had some intense discussions recently. I believe major sources of fake news are Facebook and Whatsapp groups at the moment. There are also online-only news sites whose postings are particularly effective in spreading the fake news ( is one of the more “credible” ones among these websites).  Besides, as I noted, manipulative mainstream media news find also good venues in social media platforms. 


I have recently appeared in two Mediascope programs basically elaborating on what I had said above (in Turkish):





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