Zaman: On the 15th anniversary of the Feb. 28, 1997 coup, the daily’s major article covered the story of a man who suffered a great deal during the coup period. Cardiologist İbrahim Keleş said that just because his wife wore a headscarf, he was asked by the Higher Education Board (YÖK) to quit his job at İstanbul University. When he refused to quit, he was treated unfairly for many years, including being assigned duties irrelevant to his profession, the rejection of his Ph.D. thesis for years and the vandalism of his office at the university.
Bugün: “2,639 named bureaucrats,” was the headline of a front page article by the daily, which on the 15th anniversary of the Feb. 28 coup published documents that had been given it by the Voice of the People Party (HAS Party). The daily indicated that the documents reveal that the perpetrators of the coup kept files on 2,639 public officials. The files were categorized under headings including “appearance” and “social activities.” The daily feels the documents prove the coup perpetrators’ aim to “hunt down religious people working for the state.”
Sabah: “Double devastation in quadruple limb transplant,” read the headline of a page one article reporting on the failure by a team of Turkish physicians who had attempted to perform the world’s first quadruple limb transplant and the subsequent death of their patient. Doctors at Ankara’s Hacettepe University were forced to amputate the two transplanted arms and right leg from Şevket Çavdar when it became clear the patient’s heart and vascular system could not sustain the limbs. On Monday, Çavdar died despite the extraordinary efforts of doctors.