Friday, 9 March 2012
Turkish daily newspapers covered on their Friday editions an appeal by an Istanbul prosecutor to Turkish prime minister to allow for the prosecution of head of Turkey's national intelligence agency, Istanbul's hosting of World Indoor Athletics Championship, approval of a bill in Turkey that introduces firm measures against violence against women, a protest by a group of activists from Ukraine's women's movement FEMEN in Istanbul and a pledge by the Turkish government to give cash reward to whoever informs security forces to apprehend top operatives of the terrorist PKK group.
"4 million TL for the head of the snake," daily SABAH headlined when telling the story over Turkish government's pledged to reward informers who would lead to the apprehension of top 50 PKK terrorists including Murat Karayilan, Cemil Bayik and Fehman Huseyin, with up to 4 million Turkish liras (nearly 2.2 million USD).
Daily VATAN wrote four activists from the Ukrainian women's movement FEMEN had staged a naked protest at Istanbul's busy tourist attraction Sultan Ahmet Square. The four activists who carried banners reading "stop acid attacks" were swiftly rounded up by the police.
"A gift to women from Turkish parliament on women's day," daily ZAMAN said on the Turkish parliament's adoption of a bill that brings fierce measures to prevent violence against women that included electronic shackling, providing women and their children with accommodation and temporary financial assistance.
"Top spy's case on Erdogan's desk," said daily MILLIYET on an Istanbul prosecutor's asking for Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's permission to probe Hakan Fidan, head of Turkey's National Intelligence Organization, or MIT, as well as four other former MIT officials. A recent legal amendment made it impossible to prosecute senior MIT officers without the permission of the Turkish premier. Fidan and other MIT officials had been asked to summon to testify in a probe over an alleged urban wing of the terrorist PKK organization known as the KCK.