Press Roundup

September 06, 2010, Monday/ 15:12:00
İbrahim Özdemir, owner of Sentez bookstore, and Mehmet Çelikten, a hotel manager, in Antalya distribute free copies of the Quran in different languages to foreign tourists who are interested in Islam.
Yeni Şafak: Following Erdoğan’s statement to close down Diyarbakır Prison, which served as a place of torture and atrocities after the 1980 military coup, representatives from nongovernmental organizations demanded that the prison be turned into a museum and not closed because its closure would eliminate the symbol of tyranny of the junta regime, the daily reported in its main story yesterday. Diyarbakır Bar Association President Emin Aktar, who got together with Erdoğan at a fast-breaking dinner, told him that Diyarbakır Prison should be turned into a museum so that coming generations could know the level of barbarism committed there.  

Taraf: “Draft of new constitution ready,” the daily said in the headline of a front-page article yesterday, quoting remarks from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who spoke to journalists onboard his plane following a visit to Diyarbakır last Friday. The draft Erdoğan referred to is a text prepared by a team of jurists in 2007 under the leadership of Professor Ergun Özbudun, a constitutional law expert. Erdoğan said emphasis in the preamble will be reduced on ethnicity but increased on human rights. “We can have an extensive debate on this text,” he noted.

Radikal: “The CHP will go to Diyarbakır for a solution,” the daily said in the headline of its lead story yesterday, quoting remarks from Republican People’s Party (CHP) Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu. “We will not go to Diyarbakır to ask for ‘yes’ or ‘no’ votes in the upcoming referendum; we will go there to search for solutions to the problems of the residents of Diyarbakır. As a social-democratic movement, the CHP had a strong presence in Diyarbakır. We will try to be strong there again,” he told the daily.