Press Roundup

Press Roundup

PHOTO AA, HALİL DEMİR

July 12, 2012, Thursday/ 18:04:00

The İstanbul Police Department organized a Bosporus cruise for the families of about 200 martyrs and veterans. The department’s deputy chief, Fatma Karaduman, handed out candy to children on the boat.

 Star: “Ottoman movie from famous director,” read the headline of one of the first-page stories, reporting on “Famine,” a movie by well-known Hollywood director James Cameron. Featuring the story of the help offered by Ottoman Sultan Abdülmecid to Ireland after the Great Famine of 1845, shooting for the film will start in October and the film will open in theaters in 2013. Colin Farrell and Kenan İmirzalıoğlu will be the lead actors in the much-anticipated movie, the story said.

 Akşam: “Real trouble [begins] next year,” headlined the paper’s major story, reporting on the statements of Transport Minister Binali Yıldırım. Commenting on the traffic jam İstanbulites have been struggling with for almost a month caused by the closure of three lanes of the Fatih Sultan Mehmet (FSM) Bridge to traffic because of asphalt maintenance and repaving on the bridge, Yıldırım said his ministry will begin maintenance work on the Bosporus Bridge, the other bridge linking the Asian and European continents in İstanbul, and that this project will last even longer. The FSM will be reopened on Thursday night, the story said.

 Vatan: “They are no longer special,” said the headline of a front-page article. The Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) stated on Wednesday that new prosecutors and judges have been appointed to the new regional terrorism courts, which will deal with terrorism-related cases. However, the judges and prosecutors currently overseeing the ongoing coup and terrorism cases, such as İstanbul Deputy Chief Public Prosecutor Fikret Seçen, İstanbul Specially Authorized Prosecutor Sadrettin Sarıkaya and Hüseyin Akar, a prosecutor overseeing the Sledgehammer coup case, are not among those newly appointed.