Press Roundup

(PHOTO: CİHAN, Burhan Kaya)

April 12, 2012, Thursday/ 17:19:00

As part of National Police Week activities, some kindergarteners sang songs to police officers at the Erbaa District Police Department in Tokat province, and they took a photo together in front of the police building.

Taraf: The main article covered MİT’s acknowledgement that it used Mahmut Yıldırım, codenamed “Yeşil” (Green), a hitman suspected of some of Turkey’s most mysterious political killings, in four of its operations. MİT’s admission came after the Diyarbakır Specially Authorized Prosecutor’s Office, which is overseeing a probe into the unsolved murders in Turkey’s Southeast between 1990 and 1997, asked the institution whether Yeşil was a member of MİT and in which MİT operations he had been used.

Radikal: “These are the bullets,” read the headline of the daily’s top story, reporting on the Syrian army’s attack on a Syrian refugee camp across the border in southern Turkey on Monday morning that left two Syrians dead and many more wounded. The daily interviewed some of the refugees in Kilis about the attack of Monday. Showing the bullet marks on the container houses, the refugees said the guns firing at them appeared to be Kalashnikovs and that the shots were aimed directly at the houses. “We all want [Syrian President Bashar al-] Assad gone; we want him gone before we see more deaths,” a refugee said.

Yeni Şafak: “Fidan entrusted with state secrets, I won’t let anyone have him,” quoted the headline of the major story from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who answered journalists’ questions on his way back to Turkey from China. Describing National Intelligence Organization (MİT) Undersecretary Hakan Fidan as a successful bureaucrat, Erdoğan answered a question about a prosecutor summoning Fidan to testify as part of an investigation into a terrorist organization. “I was the one who sent Fidan to Oslo [for negotiations between terrorists and government representatives] and to İmralı [where a terrorist leader is being kept],” he responded.