Press Roundup

Press Roundup

August 12, 2008, Tuesday/ 18:47:00
Two female athletes, one Georgian and the other Russian, sent messages of peace to the politicians of their countries as they posed for cameras shoulder to shoulder during a medal ceremony at the ongoing 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.
 Zaman: Georgia pulls out of South Ossetia, but Russia continues attacks, read the top story yesterday in the daily. Though Georgia announced on Sunday that it had pulled out of South Ossetia, as Moscow had demanded, Russia expanded its bombing campaign against Georgia. Russian warplanes kept bombing the city of Zugdidi, which is beyond the border of the second Georgian breakaway province of Abkhazia. It also blockaded Georgia's Black Sea coast to prevent the flow of soldiers and ammunition from other countries into Georgia.

 Bugün: In yesterday's headlining story, the daily mentioned plans by the political crime gang known as Ergenekon to put pressure on journalists. A document seized during a police raid on the home of Şener Eruygur -- the former gendarmerie commander who is currently under arrest as part of the Ergenekon investigation -- revealed that the gang sent thousands of e-mails to journalists and columnists to keep them under control. Bugün columnist Gülay Göktürk received around 100,000 e-mails from the gang because of a column she penned on the troubles faced by Kurdish citizens.

 Taraf: The daily directed criticism at Turkish politicians yesterday for going on holiday at a time when two of Turkey's neighbors were engaged in armed conflict. "What Ankara wished to do was side with Georgia, but with Russia as Georgia's rival, high-profile Turkish officials preferred to go on holiday rather than be obliged to make statements on the ongoing clashes in South Ossetia," noted the daily. According to Taraf, Turkey prefers to remain silent in the face of the conflict between Georgia and Russia. It does not want to openly oppose Russia's interests in the region, though it wishes to support Georgia's territorial integrity.