Press Roundup

Press Roundup

(PHOTO: CİHAN, SINAN GÜL)

December 28, 2011, Wednesday/ 16:50:00

Children commemorate Mehmet Akif Ersoy, poet and writer of the lyrics to the Turkish national anthem, by reading one of his poems in front of his grave in İstanbul’s Edirnekapı Martyrs’ Cemetery

Yeni Şafak: The daily on its front page reported that Borusan Automotive, one of the distributors of BMWs in Turkey and a sponsor of world-famous rally driver Burcu Çetinkaya, gave her a BMW to use for a year. However, when a daily published a photo of Çetinkaya and her friend, who wears a headscarf, standing next to the BMW, the company first warned Çetinkaya, saying a woman wearing headscarf tarnishes the image of the BMW brand, and after some days it withdrew its sponsorship. The brand director of the company, Hakan Bayülgen, said: “We would do the same thing if there was a political emblem or religious symbol next to our cars. A brand should not be associated with any political party or religious movement.”  

Radikal: “What kind of a restoration is this?” read the headline of the daily’s lead story on its front page, referring to Majik, the first movie theater in Turkey, which faces the threat of demolition. According to the daily, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved a project that calls for the destruction of the Majik building and the construction of a 17-storey building instead. The daily reported on reactions to the project, which center on the fact that it would constitute the destruction Turkey’s first cinema, a historic building that dates back to 1914.

Sabah: “‘Erdoğan the Great’ slogans in Homs” said the headline of a page-one story, reporting that one of the biggest demonstrations in Syria took place in the city of Homs on Tuesday with Syrian police using tear gas to disperse some 70,000 demonstrators. The crowd on the streets were carrying Turkish flags and shouted “Erdoğan the Great” while booing after calling out Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s name. The daily said that 89 people were killed during the last two days in clashes with government troops.