Press Roundup

Press Roundup

(PHOTO: CİHAN, Muhammet Zengin)

March 12, 2012, Monday/ 16:42:00

A motorcycle race was held on Sunday in the Bodrum district of the Aegean province of Muğla, where 82 racers participated in enduro races in the short-course and hare scramble events.

Bugün: “Abant constitution lifts all bans” was the headline of the paper’s top story, presenting the suggestions given in the declaration of the 26th Abant Platform, which discussed problematic areas of the constitutional drafting process. During the meeting, participants examined the constitutional process through the following subjects -- citizenship and identity, mother tongue education, local governments and the balance between a unitary state and autonomy.

Sabah: In its main story, the daily covered a European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) report on the 2004 killings of Uğur Kaymaz and his father, Ahmet Kaymaz. Ahmet Kaymaz, a Kurdish truck driver, and his 12-year-old son, Uğur, were fatally shot with 13 bullets by police outside their home in southeastern Mardin province in 2004. All four policemen implicated in the killings were exonerated by a court in 2005. However, relatives of the victims applied to the ECtHR, which has recently released a report on the murder case, finding the Turkish judiciary at fault and asking crucial questions related to the murder.

Akşam: “Brawl over 4+4+4” read the headline of one of the front page stories of the daily, reporting on a brawl that erupted between deputies of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) during talks on a bill seeking to increase the duration of compulsory education from eight years to 12, which was approved by a parliamentary commission on Sunday. According to the bill there will be four years of primary school, four years of middle school and another four years devoted to high school.