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Turkish papers change anti-AKP tack after takeover

By Rudaw 30/10/2015
The cover of Bugun newspaper on Friday. Turkish media
The cover of Bugun newspaper on Friday. Turkish media
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - Two Turkish news dailies known to oppose Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on Friday published front-page headlines of a surprisingly pro-government nature, just days after the Turkish judiciary took over control of their operations.

The alleged change of political allegiance followed the Ankara Prosecutor's Office move on Tuesday to assign a caretaker panel to manage several newspapers and TV stations owned by Koza Ipek group, among these the Bugun and Millet newspapers. The seizure has been seen by some analysts as further blow to independent media ahead of elections next week.

Koza Ipek has been accused by the Turkish government of financing the US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, who the AKP has accused of heading a "parallel state" aimed at bringing down the current government.

After the takeover, the once-critical dailies dedicated their Friday front-pages to the 92th anniversary of the establishment of the Republic of Turkey.

"Turkey one heart" read Millet's headline with a photo from Thursday's celebrations featuring Turkish President Recept Tayyip Erdogan, who is still seen by some as a main figure in the AKP although he is no longer officially a member.

Bugun had a similar nationalist headline and images.

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Turkey = ISIS | 30/10/2015
The West should take action, condemnation means nothing, in protest the attendants should boycot the G20 summit, which is scheduled to be held in Antalya in mid-November
bebegun | 30/10/2015
What an ingenious idea, just confiscate critical independent media then use them to publish your propaganda! I'm finely starting to understand this "advanced Turkish democracy" the Sultan and his wazir were talking about.
Flaminco | 30/10/2015
The EU sure did send the right signal by withholding their annual report on Turkey. The US even better! they just approved the sale of 1000 "smart bomb kits" to Turkey, I'm sure they'll target ISIS with those. Once again enjoy enjoy enjoy your "ally"
Kandil | 30/10/2015
Long Live Erdogan
Erdolf Tavukoglu | 30/10/2015
May he live long inside a filthy jail cell whilst the illegal palace is demolished.

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