Archive for June, 2018|Monthly archive page

From Eskişehir to Kreuzberg, a few busy days

In Uncategorized on June 30, 2018 at 14:50

Kreuzberg. a mosque, a bar, a gay bar and a Turkish nationalist society branch

I am writing to you from a newly opened Turkish owned cafe in Kreuzberg, Berlin. A predominantly Turkish district is now also home to countercultural circles and as you can guess all the place is changing now.- and now I am finishing it up at the Berlin Tegel airport, waiting for the flight to Istanbul.

Amsterdam en passant

On Tuesday, we had a workshop for journalists on efficient social media usage back in Eskişehir, Turkey. Then after a few hours of sleep, I was flying to Amsterdam from Istanbul for the NECS 2018 conference. Mostly cinema scholars are interested in this conference but this year’s theme focused on (digital) media tactics and we had our own workshop there. Then I flew to Berlin to meet my friends who have recently settled here.  Now I am flying back to Istanbul. In the meantime, I could meet with a former deputy, a few journalists and other professionals who have to live here in exile or who decided to live here.

From our workshop in Eskişehir…

Vía Erkan’s Field Diary

While I am away… Journalists targeted in newspaper ads…

In Uncategorized on June 29, 2018 at 15:40

Things are getting as worse as possible.

Today an imprisoned mafia leader explicitly  targeted Karar daily columnists. Karar is a pro-Davutoğlu Islamist daily.

One of the most aggressive ministers of internal affairs, Süleyman Soylu, ordered police not to let main opposition party members  (CHP) attend soldier funerals. Criminalization of CHP continues in full scale.

A rare good news:

Stating the obvious in: 

University of Oxford – Global Initiative

This paper looked at the development and decline of the Turkish media, and how journalists have coped with its turbulent politics. Kemal Göktaş conducted a survey of Turkish journalists and carried out content analysis on the coverage of…

International Press Institute – Javier Luque – Jun 26


No evidence against Amnesty’s jailed Turkey head, police conclude

Report says no evidence exists Taner Kılıç ever had ByLock app on his phone, basis of terror charges against him

Vía Erkan’s Field Diary

New photo from Facebook June 26, 2018 at 07:54PM

In Uncategorized on June 26, 2018 at 20:09

İstanbul ve #dolu Via @wrzl via Facebook Pages

New photo from Facebook June 25, 2018 at 06:45PM

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2018 at 18:09

Aziz Nesin geri döndü agsgagaagh via Facebook Pages

#TurkeyElections – İnce concedes defeat to Erdoğan in Turkey elections in a candid -belated- speech…

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2018 at 14:29

As İnce admits, the difference is too much to be labeled as fraud. Turkey’s citizens made their choices. Nationalist MHP made the biggest surprise by increasing its votes. The opposition lost on all accounts.  It was an unfair election process, still, the opposition made its best. However, a staunch nationalist government continues to rule. I am afraid, there will probably be more imprisonments, more firings, more violations of freedom…

According to Turkey’s election authority, head of state Recep Tayipp Erdoğan has already won an absolute majority in the first round of the Turkish presidential election. Commentators discuss what the introduction of the presidential system will mean for Turkey.
Hurling abuse at the Turkish electorate will not have the desired effect. The fault lies with democratic institutions

Muharrem İnce concedes defeat to Erdoğan in Turkey elections

CHP politician vows to continue fighting one-man rule in opposition during Ankara speech

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s main challenger in Sunday’s elections, Muharrem İnce, has conceded defeat, urging the re-elected Turkish president to embrace all the country’s 81 million citizens, and vowing to continue the fight against one-man rule in opposition.

İnce’s concession speech in Ankara came after Turkey’s supreme election board confirmed the election results, with Erdoğan winning re-election with an outright majority in the first round, on 52.6% of the vote with 99% of ballots counted. İnce came in second place with 30.64% of the vote – an impressive challenge but not enough to force a second-round runoff.


President Erdogan’s election victory means sweeping new powers for him, which his opponents decry.

Turkey elections Q&A: was the vote free and fair?

Erdoğan won outright majority but Amnesty says elections took place in a ‘climate of fear’

The country held presidential and parliamentary elections at the same time, under a new presidential system where the head of state will wield extraordinary powers and parliament’s authority will be diminished.


At the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, the AKP will be represented by 293 MPs, the CHP by 146 MPs, the HDP by 67 MPs, the MHP by 50 MPs and the İYİ Party by 44 MPs.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan tells thousands of supporters in Ankara that Turkey will fight all terrorist organisations, after being declared the victor in presidential elections.


After the Presidential and Parliamentary elections came to an end, several district buildings of the HDP have been attacked.

Victory propels Erdoğan into elite club of strongman leaders

Unchecked dominance may mark beginning of new dark age for Turkish democracy

Outright victory in the first round of Turkey’s presidential elections has propelled Recep Tayyip Erdoğan into the foremost rank of global strongman leaders in the style of Russia’s Vladimir Putin, China’s Xi Jinping and Egypt’s Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. But his unchecked political dominance may mark the beginning of a new dark age for Turkish democracy.

Bully-boy Erdoğan is a threat to Turkey – and the world | Simon Tisdall

The Turkish president is a dictator in all but name. Turkish voters should kick him outThe prospect of a triumphantly re-elected Recep Tayyip Erdoğan armed with sweeping new presidential powers is deeply alarming to many Turks, but it is also a scary prospect for the international community. Since taking national office 15 years ago, Erdoğan has turned from neighbourhood bully-boy into geostrategic threat. Under his choleric, resentful tutelage, Turkey has ceased to be a reliable friend of Europe and the US. If he gets his way in Sunday’s polls, Erdoğan, a dictator in all but name, is likely to foment further instability in Syria and throughout the Middle East region.

The vote was the first to be held since Turkey narrowly approved a referendum last year to give the president, once a largely ceremonial role, sweeping executive authority.
The Kurdish-issue focused Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) managed to get more than 10 percent of the votes in Turkey’s June 24 elections, passing the national election threshold.
A considerable majority of Turks who voted abroad endorsed President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the presidential election on June 24.
The new elections in Turkey is displaying strong populist rhetoric that is invoked by all major candidates in order to win popular support. These four political leaders’ electoral campaigns rely on populist language, glorifying the role of the people and illustrating their superiority.

Vía Erkan’s Field Diary

New photo from Facebook June 24, 2018 at 05:34PM

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2018 at 16:34

“Make Turkey Eh İşte Again!” #Seçim2018 via Facebook Pages

New photo from Facebook June 24, 2018 at 04:55PM

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2018 at 15:59

#Seçim2018 “The Republic of Anxiety” via Facebook Pages

New photo from Facebook June 24, 2018 at 03:57PM

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2018 at 14:59

#Seçim2018 Erdoğan oy kabininden çıkarken. via Facebook Pages

New photo from Facebook June 24, 2018 at 02:51PM

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2018 at 14:39

“Sayın @rahmikopar oy kullanırken objektiflerimize yakalandı.” via @detroitlikizil #Seçim2018 via Facebook Pages

New photo from Facebook June 24, 2018 at 02:36PM

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2018 at 14:39

“Ahmet Şık: Bu azim kazanacak!” via Facebook Pages