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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
Media groups have appealed for the immediate release of a French freelance journalist arrested in the southeastern province of Şırnak on terror charges while reporting there.
The detention of executives and columnists from the critical daily Cumhuriyet newspaper has been criticized by officials from the United States and Europe, with the U.S. State Department saying it supports Turkey’s efforts to locate those responsible for the attempted coup, but was deeply concerned by the continuing pressure on the news media.
Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) has issued a fatwa against underage marriages, saying they “shattered the lives of children.”
A Doğan Holding initiative, the “Shared Values Movement,” which aims to create a dialogue environment where various segments of Turkish society can express their belief in common values, has released a new series of interviews with notable public figures in the country such as Türkan Elçi, İpek Çalışlar and Ali Çarkoğlu.
Turkey continues to plumb the depths in terms of gender equality, coming in 130th of 144 countries in the latest World Economic Forum Gender Gap Report.
As part of its extensive social research project the “Shared Values Movement,” Doğan Holding has published details of the answers given by various Turkish public figures to the initiative’s main question: “What do we all share?”
Turkey’s Constitutional Court has ruled in favor of a couple that complained that vaccinating a newborn baby without his family’s consent constituted a rights violation while simultaneously ruling that withdrawing blood from his heel does not contravene any laws.
The government and the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) are engaged in a new row after the latter’s leader claimed that the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) was trying to protect some of its allies who had strong links to the Gülen movement, believed to be behind Turkey’s July 15 coup attempt.
Daily Hürriyet has excoriated the pro-government Sabah newspaper for insinuating that a recent interview in the former with the rights holder for an app allegedly used by the Gülenists was part of a “joint operation carried out” by the group and the CIA.