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Turkey’s new EU minister starts with declaring EU is not only option…

In Uncategorized on May 25, 2016 at 23:07

The EU is playing for time in the hope that the summer will pass without the Aegean bursting wide open again
Turkey’s relationship with the European Union is important but it is not the “only option” for Ankara, Ömer Çelik, Turkey’s new minister for EU affairs, said on May 25

New Prime Minister for Turkey

Turkey’s governing Justice and Development Party unanimously elected Binali Yildirim, a longtime ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to become its new leader and prime minister on Sunday.
No visas, no migrant deal, warns Turkey

Turkey’s parliament will block a deal on the migrant crisis with the EU if Turks do not gain visa-free travel, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warns.

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New photo from Facebook May 25, 2016 at 05:38PM

In Uncategorized on May 25, 2016 at 16:38
Yaza hazırlık (!) Görüntü New York’tan. by Michele Palazzo. via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

New photo from Facebook May 25, 2016 at 03:30PM

In Uncategorized on May 25, 2016 at 14:37
Tallinn, Estonya’da bir kış vakti… via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

Journalism agenda: “1 in 4 UK journalists believe it is ‘justified’ to publish unverified content…

In Uncategorized on May 24, 2016 at 21:43

One in four UK journalists believe it is “justified” to publish unverified information, according to new research from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

The survey of 700 working journalists, titled Journalists In The UK, showed that while 75 per cent of respondents believe publishing unverified information is “never justified under any circumstances”, 24 per cent said the practice was “justified on occasion” and one per cent said it was “always justified”.

The Washington Post and The New York Times, initially not invited to participate in the worldwide Panama Papers investigation, have now signed collaboration agreements with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists leading the project.


How the BBC used Yik Yak to get young people to talk politics and mental health

‘Don’t underestimate millennials. Just because humour and gossip pervade on chat apps doesn’t mean that’s the only thing young people want to engage on’

People read the news on their smartphones (duh). They will even read longform (to a certain extent). But do these smartphone users prefer getting their news from apps or news sites? What are their news-reading behaviors within different apps? And what else do we know about these news readers?

German daily Die Welt’s internal grading system for its online articles sounds a little nerve-wracking. All published pieces are assigned a single score made up of five components and ranked; then a top 10 list is emailed out to the entire newsroom each morning, with some comments from an editor. But editors argue this isn’t some dystopian reduction of complex journalism into a single number. They say it’s about making totally transparent what the newsroom values in what it publishes online — not just clicks but also engagement time, not just views on the site but also how well a story travels on social media.

From Nieman Reports: The future of political fact-checking

Editor’s note: There are a lot of great stories to read in the newest issue of our sister publication Nieman Reports. In this piece, Tatiana Walk-Morris writes about how fact-checking is going real-time.

In awarding its Lie of the Year title to Donald Trump last December, the staff at PolitiFact had a lot of material from which to choose.





Breaking news events are chaotic. Early facts are unclear, reports from witnesses may differ and it can take time to get to the truth.

But journalists and news organisations are the public’s guiding hand in these situations and, when so much information now emerges on social media, newsrooms need to be well-drilled and ready to act.

The first thing you notice while watching “6×9,” The Guardian’s first VR project, is how spooky solitary confinement is. The virtual segregation cell The Guardian created isn’t a photorealistic depiction of a real space, but it does convey a real sense of the dread, fear, and isolation felt by the 80,000 people subjected to solitary confinement in the United States alone.


The theory goes something like this: As more people spend more time reading news on smartphones, those on-the-go consumers want short, “snackable” content.

4 verification case studies from #IJF16

With the amount of fake images, videos and hoax stories circulating on the web and social media, knowing the tools and techniques to verify such information has become a vital part of a journalist’s job.

There are no quick wins though. At this year’s International Journalism Festival, BuzzFeed Canada editor and founder of Craig Silverman and Josh Stearns, founder of Verification Junkie and director of journalism and sustainability at the Geraldine R Dodge Foundation shared their advice.

Social media has fundamentally changed how journalists and news organisations find stories and reach their audience. Imagery shared on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, to name a few, now form the core ofmany stories and news events. Journalists provide the all-important context, but eyewitnesses are crucial.

Facebook has been rolling out the ability for users to livestream directly from the network’s app for a few months now, and this week the biggest social network in the world unveiled an interactive map for users to find and view live broadcasts.

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In UN’s show-off humanitarian summit in Istanbul, Rights Organizations Not Invited…

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2016 at 18:06

Leading human rights organizations in Turkey such as TİHV, İHD and HYD have not been invited to the World Humanitarian Summit organized by UN. The organizations criticize the summit being held in Turkey where human rights violations are common.
The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit begins in Istanbul amid criticisms of the United Nations’ failures to resolve global problems
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called on world leaders to fix the gap in humanitarian funding and share the burden of helping people in need across the globe
World Humanitarian Summit organized by United Nations has started today in İstanbul.
Humanitarian action that places human rights at its center is key to ensuring protection for all victims, a group of rights specialists from the largest body of independent experts in the United Nations Human Rights system has said
The two-day World Humanitarian Summit, the first of its kind, officially kicked off on May 23 in Istanbul

Istanbul summit seeks to transform aid response, defy critics

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Binali Yıldırım Elected as AKP President

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2016 at 13:05


A jacket rules Turkey.

Turkey’s incoming Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım told reporters in Ankara on May 23 the new list of cabinet positions will be prepared quickly and presented to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

While Erdoğan’s message was read, they have all stood up…

Binali Yıldırım has become new chair of the AKP receiving all of the valid votes, 1,405.
Turkish president consolidates power as he confirms new PM

Erdoğan takes step towards stronger presidential powers with confirmation of his long-time ally as new prime minister

Outgoing Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has urged his Justice and Development Party (AKP) to avoid political corruption during a farewell address at an extraordinary party convention, reiterating that he did not want to resign but was doing so for the party’s unity
Transport and Communications Minister Binali Yıldırım was officially appointed as the chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on May 22. As the sole candidate in the race, Yıldırım received 1,405 votes at the party’s second ever extraordinary congress
Both the European Union and the United States have raised serious concerns over the lifting of the parliamentary immunity of dozens of Turkish lawmakers
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has expressed his belief that the new government to be formed under confidant Binali Yıldırım will prioritize a systemic change to impose a presidential system on the country
David Cameron suggests defence minister is lying over Turkey joining EU

Penny Mordaunt’s claim is ‘absolutely wrong’ and UK has veto on countries joining EU, PM tells Robert Peston

David Cameron has in effect accused leave campaigners, including his own defence minister, Penny Mordaunt, of lying about the prospect of Turkey joining the EU.

HDP has called on U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and participants of the first WHS in Istanbul to use the summit to “mobilize international mechanisms to respond to alarming violations of universal human rights within and around the borders of Turkey”

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New photo from Facebook May 23, 2016 at 01:42PM

In Uncategorized on May 23, 2016 at 12:43
“Chaos in Sector 13” by John Nugroho. via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

New photo from Facebook May 22, 2016 at 06:40PM

In Uncategorized on May 22, 2016 at 17:43
Çin’de eski ile yeninin karşılaşması. by Mark Horn. via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

For the record, Erdoğan could not silence a publisher…a German one…

In Uncategorized on May 22, 2016 at 02:49

A German court rejected a request by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for an injunction against the chief executive of Axel Springer over his support for a comedian who lampooned the Turkish leader.
President Erdoğan has applied to court for interlocutory injunction to be issued on Döpfner, the manager of Axel Springer which is one of the biggest media groups in Europe backing the comedian Böhmermann.
A German court has thrown out a bid by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for an interim injunction against Axel Springer CEO Mathias Döpfner in order to prevent him from repeating a poem by German comedian Jan Böhmermann

Turkey: The Long View

The renowned Professor Resat Kasaba came to BU a few weeks ago to give the annual Campagna-Kerven lecture. He is one of the few scholars with the command of history and political science to give a talk that sets present-day Turkish events into a larger historical context. A brilliant talk.

The Guardian view on the Jan Böhmermann affair: no joke

Crude mockery of Turkey’s president has led to a German comic being prosecuted under an obscure old law. Free speech is one big loser. Angela Merkel’s reputation is another
A new report has revealed that in 2014 over 7 million children lived in households which suffered from severe material deprivation in Turkey

David Lepeska, who has written for Al Jazeera America, became latest journalist to run into problems with Turkey after sent back to the US from Istanbul airport

A Turkey-based American journalist says he was denied re-entry at Istanbul Ataturk airport and put on a flight to Chicago.

German State Television (ARD) reporter Volker Schwenck was deported from Turkey on April 19, on the grounds that he was previously banned from entering the country

Refugees Shouldn’t Be Bargaining Chips

The European Union paid off Turkey to take back desperate people. Now Kenya and other countries want their cut.

Merkel stresses value of free speech in row over Erdoğan poem

German leader says she will not compromise principles to save refugee deal as Turkey demands comedian’s prosecution

The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has insisted she will not compromise on fundamental democratic principles to protect the EU’s refugee deal with Turkey after the Turkish president sought the prosecution of a German comedian for a crude poem about him.

Turkey has asked Germany to prosecute a comedian in accordance with a little-known German law on insulting foreign leaders, placing Chancellor Angela Merkel in a bind.

Turkey asks Germany to prosecute comedian over Erdoğan poem

Jan Böhmermann accused Turkish president of ‘repressing minorities, kicking Kurds and slapping Christians’ in satirical sketch

In Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s inability to take a joke may hardly be news. But after the Turkish government asked for the prosecution of a German comedian for performing a satirical poem about its president, it is now well known in Germany, too.

The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, released annually by the U.S. State Department, has provided a snapshot of the deteriorating human rights environment in Turkey

When Turkish Censors Go Global

A senior Turkish official has confirmed that Ankara had officially requested Germany criminally prosecute comedian Jan Böhmermann for allegedly insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a poem.
President Erdoğan has filed a complaint against Jan Böhmermann who has presented his satirizing poem against Erdoğan on air on the German TV Channel ZDF.

Updated | Wednesday, 11:55 a.m.

AMERICANS WONDERING WHAT life might be like in the near future — after a President Donald Trump acts on his promise to “open up our libels laws,” so that politicians with easily bruised egos can sue reporters or commentators for hurting their feelings — should pay attention to what is happening this week in Germany.

Expertise report in “Gollum case” which is one of the insulting against President Erdoğan cases has been announced: “It is Smeagol in the photos, not Gollum. He used to be a good Hobbit before possessed by the ring”.

If you were thinking of joining Tom the Dancing Bug’s INNER HIVE, now’s the time to do it. For the rest of the month of May, 125% of all sign-up proceeds will be donated to the Committee to Protect Journalists, which promotes press freedom worldwide.

Evrensel and Cumhuriyet dailies laying their hands on inspection pre-report as to the Ankara attack have reported that the details of the attack were known to security except for its exact time.

Turkish security forces open fire on Kurds – video

Award-winning photographer and video journalist Refik Tekin captures the moment Turkish security forces open fire on Kurds without warning. The footage was shot in the Kurish city of Cizre, south-east Turkey, in January this year. Tekin was with a group of Kurds who wanted to evacuate bodies and injured people from the street

Hamza Aktan, 33, news editor of the Istanbul-based private IMC TV broadcaster, was detained in a raid into his house in Bahçelievler district by counter-terrorism police.
The number of girls who were wed before the age of 18 since 2010 is higher than 200,000, Turkey’s Family and Social Planning Ministry has said in response to a parliamentary inquiry by the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP)

"Depressed Boy" (CC BY-ND 2.0) by Tjook

“Depressed Boy” (CC BY-ND 2.0) by Tjook

Last month, a mass child abuse scandal linked to a conservative foundation favoured by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) bubbled to the surface in Turkey. A male teacher (M.B.) was arrested under suspicion of raping at least 10 students at private educational dormitories, some of which were run by the pro-government Ensar Foundation.

Gaziantep: home to Isis killers, sex traders… and a quest to rebuild Syria

The Turkish city hosts the HQ of Tamkeen, a UK-backed aid agency reintroducing democracy to a country ravaged by civil warDragging on his American-brand cigarette, Rami al-Khatib leans back and looks away. There is a wry smile but it hints at a bubbling frustration. I have asked him whether he feels optimistic about the future. “There are two questions you should never ask a Syrian,” he says, “and that’s one of the

Kilis, the Turkish town enduring IS bombardment

The Turkish town enduring bombardment from IS in Syria

15 steps for Turkish-Kurdish peace

For a ‘one state solution’, and sustainable peace, political and constitutional changes need to be adopted, appreciated and practiced not only by the state, but across society.

Woman carries portrait of jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan in Nowruz gathering in Diyarbakir, Turkey, March 21, 2016. Murat Bay / Press Association. All rights reserved.In 2002 when elected for the first time, Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) made six important pledges. These were: to develop ‘a new pluralistic constitution which respected the ethnic and religious diversity of the country’; to establish a ‘strong democracy’; to strengthen the ‘rule of law’; to respect ‘freedom of speech’; ‘to have zero problems with neighbours’ and ‘to find a peaceful resolution with the Kurds’.

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After all, “Erdoğan approves ‘benchmark law,’ EU sources say visa liberalization to be delayed…

In Uncategorized on May 22, 2016 at 00:49

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has approved a law on forming a panel to monitor the discipline of law enforcement officials

Turkey-EU refugees deal may be biggest casualty of Erdoğan supremacy

Forced departure of pro-EU PM comes at particularly bad time for Syria and will add to EU unease with strongman president

One of the biggest casualties of the power struggle at the top of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development party (AKP) may be the critically important deal with the EU on stemming the unprecedented flow of refugees to Europe from Syria’s civil war.

Viral photo of woman defying neo-Nazis

A photograph of activist Tess Asplund with her fist raised defying a march of neo-Nazis in Sweden has gone viral.
TTIP: we were right all along

Attacked and ridiculued, the leak of 243 pages of TTIP negotiations concerning climate, environment and public health prove that civil society organisations were right all along.

The IMF’s Greek debt options: what do they all mean?

By Mehreen Khan in London

The International Monetary Fund’s latest recommendations on Greek debt reliefhave leaked.

Yesterday, ahead of the latest meeting of eurozone finance ministers on May 24, the IMF repeated it would take part in Greece’s €86bn bailout only if its European partners could prove “the numbers add up”.

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