Press roundup

Press roundup

Qualifiers for the 10th Turkish Language Olympics have started in Bangkok. The panel of Turkish judges who scored the applicants’ performance was also treated to a cultural exhibit organized by a group of Thai students. (Photo: Cihan)

February 05, 2012, Sunday/ 16:34:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

Zaman: “Everything is ready for the new constitution, let's not miss this chance,” said the headline of the main story, quoting from a speech Istanbul university Rector Yunus Söylet delivered at an İstanbul University workshop held with several NGOs, including the Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen's Association (TÜSİAD).

The workshop was held at İstanbul University's main campus, and more than 80 academics and many representatives from NGOs participated. söylet said: “Previous constitutions were all drafted beforehand by others and then were put before us after they had been completely prepared. But now we have a chance to form our constitution. Let's not miss this chance.”


Yeni Şafak: “You are a murderer like your father,” read the headline of the daily's top story referring to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose government is grappling with an 11-month-old uprising. At least 337 people were killed on Friday in the city of Homs during shelling by Syrian forces. The daily indicated a resemblance between the deadly Homs attack and the Hama massacre, which took place 30 years ago when the Syrian army -- under the orders of Hafez al-Assad, the country's then-president and Bashar al-Assad's father -- conducted a scorched earth operation against the town of Hama in order to quell a revolt by the Sunni Muslim community against the regime. The daily said the attack in Homs delivered a message to the world that said, “I am my father's son.”

Akşam: “No more deaths in jails” was the headline of the daily's major story reporting on a project carried out jointly by the Justice and Health ministries. According to the project, sick arrestees will stay from now on in a “hospital for arrestees,” where they will receive the necessary treatment and health care. The project was brought about after deaths of Kuddusi Okkır, an Ergenekon terrorist organization suspect who died of lung cancer in 2008, just months after his release, and Kaşif Kozinoğlu, who died in 2011 in a prison where he had been in custody for eight months on charges of membership in Ergenekon.