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Government in despair moves against the opposition-held #İstanbul Municipality

In Uncategorized on December 27, 2021 at 18:54

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Hundreds of municipal employees have allegedly ties to outlawed groups, the ministry has stated.


İstanbul sees a 50-percent increase in cost of living in a year – english – Bianet

Click to read the article in Turkish. Affiliated with the İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality (İMM), the İstanbul Planning Agency (İPA) has shared

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New photo from Facebook December 27, 2021 at 06:11PM

In Uncategorized on December 27, 2021 at 18:14

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This is terrible. It was sort of hidden but now out: A nationalist thug burned 3 young Syrian men…

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2021 at 13:09

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At least a good news:

Video footage refuted the officer’s claim that he pulled the trigger “by accident.” The defendant should have been sentenced to aggravated life sentence given the circumstances, the plaintiff attorney said.

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Taybet İnan commemorated as a survey states “Situation of human rights in Kurdish regions no different from the 1990s’

In Uncategorized on December 20, 2021 at 16:04

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Shot by snipers in Turkey’s Kurdish-majority Şırnak province during curfews in 2015 and with her deceased body left on the street for 7 days, Taybet İnan has been commemorated in the 6th year of her death in the place where she was killed.
More than 40 percent of the people in Diyarbakır do not trust the country’s justice system, according to a new survey by the Diyarbakır Bar Association and the Rawest Research company.

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In two weeks, death toll from bootleg alcohol reaches 48.

In Uncategorized on December 20, 2021 at 14:39

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This is a direct result of overtaxed alcohol. Islamist policies are a menace to society.
Fatalities due to bootleg alcohol poisoning in Turkey continue to climb, reaching 48 only in two weeks, as authorities crack down on counterfeit alcohol production across the country ahead of New Year’s celebrations.


‘There’s jobs but no money’: Turkey’s economic crisis begins to bite

As the value of the lira plummets and inflation soars, Turkish citizens are struggling to adapt and survive

In a jewellery shop close to Istanbul’s Taksim Square, Seda unzips an elegant black leather pouch and piles her gold jewellery on the counter to discuss selling it all. The shop owner gently places gold chains, rings and a pendant on a small scale, before immediately calling a trader to discuss the latest rates.

Officials: 22 die in Istanbul from bootleg alcohol poisoning – The Washington Post

ANKARA, Turkey — At least 22 people have died in Istanbul and 16 others have been hospitalized and are in serious condition after drinking bootleg
Lira skids to new low after Erdogan cites Islamic usury | Reuters

… which began in Istanbul’s Gezi Park over access to green space. read more. “We’re lowering interest rates. Don’t expect anything else from me

Many Turks Can’t Afford Bread, and Bakers Can’t Afford to Make It

Squeezed by rising costs, price controls and plunging sales, bakers warn of ruin, while their impoverished former customers line up for government-supplied loaves.

Erdoğan intervenes after Turkish lira sinks to lowest level against dollar

Turkey’s president to hike minimum wage by 50% with other measures to come in attempt to stabilise currency Turkey’s

Minimum wage hike not sufficient amid ‘deep economic crisis,’ says DİSK union confederation

“In January 2021, the minimum wage was worth 386 dollars. The increased minimum wage for 2022 is worth 275 dollars,” the

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Turkey raises minimum wage by 50 percent but most of the raise is already gone…

In Uncategorized on December 18, 2021 at 12:04

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Turkey has become a poor country. We are observing the daily collapse of our economy…

Turkey raises minimum wage by 50 percent, Erdoğan announces

The government has raised the minimum monthly wage from 2,825 lira to 4,250 lira for the next year.
Ahead of the Monetary Policy Committee meeting of the Central Bank today, December 16, the depreciation of the Turkish Lira has continued amid expectations that the policy rate will be cut further.

Turkey faces threat of financial crisis after lira plunges against dollar

Central bank forced to defend currency as traders respond to interest rate cut with sharp selloff

Fears that Turkey is on course for a full-scale financial crisis have intensified after the lira plunged to fresh lows against the US dollar.

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Proud to be part of it: “The Poynter Institute’s MediaWise announces international expansion of digital media literacy…

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2021 at 14:59

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The Poynter Institute’s MediaWise announces international expansion of digital media literacy program to address global information disorder

The program will empower older adults in Brazil, Spain and Turkey to be more critical consumers of online content.

December 13, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Dec. 13, 2021) – When the Poynter Institute launched its digital media literacy initiative MediaWise in 2018, the nonpartisan nonprofit set an ambitious goal. Teach 1 million middle and high school students how to better detect misleading or inaccurate information on the internet. Now, nearly four years later, MediaWise has reached 21 million people of all ages in the United States and continues to grow its roster of robust educational programs.

With support from Meta, MediaWise announces a global expansion of its online fact-checking training. The project will develop an international extension to address information disorder in three countries.

MediaWise will adapt its highly-effective digital-first training to slow the spread of misinformation online and help older adults in Brazil, Spain and Turkey make informed decisions about the content they engage with and share across social media platforms.

The program will feature customized curricula and a 10-day WhatsApp microlearning course for each country to teach adults how to spot conspiracies, scams, hoaxes and false news stories on the internet and social media.

“The MediaWise program has a proven track record of successfully connecting older Americans to reliable information and helping them spot misinformation online. We’re excited to build on this partnership with Poynter to expand the program internationally so that more people around the world are empowered with key digital media literacy skills to help them make more informed decisions about what to read, trust and share,” said Delphine Reyre, Vice President, Global Policy Campaigns and Programs at Meta.

Resident fact-checking partners and research institutions will help localize the educational resources with real-world examples of misinformation. Prominent figures from trusted sources in each country will join an impressive roster of MediaWise ambassadors including renowned journalists like Lester Holt, Joan Lunden and Christiane Amanpour to guide users through each lesson, share expertise and promote the exchange of fact-based information.

Research studies from universities in each country will follow to measure how effective the program is at improving users’ ability to identify and consume news more responsibly, explain different types of misinformation, practice fact-checking techniques and discuss misinformation with friends and family.

Participants will explore various topics throughout the duration of the microlearning course such as the dangers of misinformation, warning signs to identify bad actors online, understanding how verification and algorithms work, and more.

“Misinformation isn’t a problem isolated to the U.S. And in fact, democracies across the world are backsliding thanks in part to viral falsehoods,” said Alex Mahadevan, MediaWise program manager. “With support from Meta, we are excited to take abroad what we’ve learned from instilling digital media literacy skills in households across America.”

The pilot will launch in early 2022. For more information, visit poynter.org/mediawise-international.

Brazil

In Brazil, the program will be led by Projeto Comprova, a coalition of 33 media designed to mitigate misinformation under the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji). Abraji is a nonprofit institution dedicated to improving the quality of journalism and defending the freedom of expression in South America’s largest country.

“The partnership with Poynter’s MediaWise will allow Abraji to reach a key audience to fight disinformation in the 2022 election year and also to test a new training format,” said Marcelo Träsel, president of Abraji.

Boris Casoy and Lillian Witte Fibe, two of Brazil’s most-trusted journalists who have spent their careers in print and digital media, television and radio, will serve as ambassadors of the program.

Spain

In Spain, MediaWise will partner with Newtral to localize the WhatsApp course. Madrid-based Newtral is a media startup for journalism, technology and data verification and a signatory of Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network. The effectiveness of the program will be evaluated by Universidad de Navarra, a consolidated research center with several national and cross-national projects on digital communication trends and social impacts of topics such as digital journalism, social media, interactive advertising and emerging media business models.

“To tackle disinformation, we need a deeper understanding of citizens’ behavior when faced with questionable information in messaging apps,” said Ramón Salaverría, full professor of journalism at Universidad de Navarra. “This research will allow us to know how much media literacy training can help them develop skills to spot false content.”

The Spanish ambassadors will be journalist and political analyst Lucía Mendez and broadcast journalist Ana Pastor.

“Journalism has always been about providing confirmed, contrasted and reliable news. The technological revolution has allowed disinformation and lies to sneak in through the back door of journalism. And furthermore, disguised as journalism,” said Lucía Mendez, editor-in-chief of EL MUNDO and columnist. “Citizens must know how to distinguish and discriminate. We, the journalists, have to assume the responsibility of helping them in the task of distinguishing what is truthful journalism from what is not.”

Turkey

Istanbul Bilgi University will oversee the fact-checking efforts and research study in Turkey. The institution for higher education was established in 1996 under the principle of learning not for school, but for life. With more than 150 programs for associate, undergraduate and graduate students, the university works to find ways to enlighten people, especially vulnerable portions of the population, on how to distinguish truth from falsity.

“In a rapidly changing world, what really matters is to be a part of the change. Education is probably the best, if not the only proven method in being on the right side of it,” said professor Halil Nalçaoğlu, dean and faculty of communication at Istanbul Bilgi University.

Turkish journalist, anchor and writer İsmail Küçükkaya will help raise awareness and support digital media literacy as a program ambassador.

Learn more at poynter.org/mediawise-international.

About The Poynter Institute

The Poynter Institute for Media Studies is a global leader in journalism education and a strategy center that stands for uncompromising excellence in journalism, media, and 21st-century public discourse. Poynter faculty teach seminars and workshops at the Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida, and at newsrooms, conferences, and organizations around the world. Its e-learning division, News University, offers the world’s largest online journalism curriculum, with hundreds of interactive courses and tens of thousands of registered international users. The Institute’s website produces 24-hour coverage about media, ethics, technology, and the business of news. Poynter is the home of the Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership, the Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact, the International Fact-Checking Network and MediaWise, a digital information literacy project for young people, first-time voters, and senior citizens. The world’s top journalists and media innovators rely on Poynter to learn and teach new generations of reporters, storytellers, media inventors, designers, visual journalists, documentarians, and broadcasters. This work builds public awareness about journalism, media, the First Amendment, and discourse that serves democracy and the public good. Learn more at poynter.org.

About MediaWise

MediaWise is a nonpartisan, nonprofit digital media literacy initiative led by The Poynter Institute: Its mission is to teach Americans of all ages how to sort fact from fiction online. MediaWise content has been viewed more than 57 million times since the project launched in 2018. The MediaWise program teaches people through in-person and virtual training events, online educational videos, fact-checking content reported by the MediaWise Teen Fact-Checking Network, and its MediaWise Ambassador program — a group of prominent journalists and influencers who help promote the MediaWise mission. In 2020, Poynter launched the MediaWise Voter Project (#MVP2020) to teach first-time voters how to find reliable information online about the U.S. presidential election, a new initiative supported by Facebook. MediaWise for Seniors was announced in June 2020 to bring MediaWise tips to the 50+ population in advance of the general election. MediaWise for Seniors has a program funded by AARP to provide resources to their membership and a program funded by Facebook bringing virtual training and a social media awareness campaign to the senior population. The foundation of MediaWise was created with support from Google.org as part of Google News Initiative. Learn more at poynter.org/mediawise.

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Turkish lira hits new record low as bread lines grow longer due to rising inflation…

In Uncategorized on December 14, 2021 at 18:09

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The lira plunged to as low as 14.61 to the US dollar and 16.47 to the Euro in the first half of the day.
Growing bread lines in Istanbul bear testament to the financial pain Turkish households are wrestling with.
The latest slide prompted the central bank to sell dollars to defend the lira for the fourth time this month.

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Afraid of the rising anger on the streets, Gov’t goes after 3 YouTubers doing street interviews @ilavetv_ @KendineMuhabir @sadevatandasyt

In Uncategorized on December 13, 2021 at 15:20

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Detained on December 12, the owners of three YouTube channels posting street interviews Arif Kocabıyık, Hasan Köksoy and Turan Kural have been released to house arrest. An international travel ban has been imposed on the three

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According to a Bertelsmann Foundation report “Turkey among the 3 worst countries in crisis governance…

In Uncategorized on December 12, 2021 at 15:14

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The Germany-based Bertelsmann Foundation has recently released a report titled “Just How Resilient are OECD and EU Countries? – Sustainable Governance in the Context of the COVID-19 Crisis.”


President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is increasingly isolated as he clings to an economic prescription that few endorse but that he believes will bear results before elections.

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