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x0x Turkish News for the week ending 02 May 2020
[This is a transcript of the news broadcast on 02 May 2020]
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★ Turkey's ministry of health announced on Saturday that for the first time new infections in Turkey fell below 2000 and then there were only 78 deaths on Saturday.
However, experts still look at the official numbers with doubt and think that the Turkish government is underreporting both the infections and the deaths.
★ Hannah Lucinda Smith of the British daily The Times wrote on May 26 that the Turkish bakers are distributing free bread during Ramadan.
She says that the Ottoman spirit of giving is thriving in Istanbul.
The way it works a customer who is buying bread from the bakery pays for an additional loaf but doesn't take its delivery. The baker makes a note of it and when a needy customer comes by he is given that loaf.
Hannah Lucinda Smith says that since the pandemic started this tradition has provided a lifeline for the poorest Turks.
★ The Turkish government has sent pandemic related aid to Ethiopia, Yemen, and to the United States last week. A Turkish military jet delivered the aid to the U.S.
However, some are criticizing the ruling Justice and Development Party administration for showing off and neglecting the citizens in Turkey.
★ A new study suggests that Turkish students are increasingly resisting religion, reports Bethan McKernan, Turkey and Middle East correspondent for the British daily The Guardian.
Although the religious Turkish president tripled the number of religious schools in the country, steadily increasing funding for Turkey's religious affairs directorate and increased the powers of local mukhtars or community leaders, usually pious men, Turks are getting less religious various studies indicated in the past few years.
The goal of the Turkish president was to raise a religious generation, but it doesn't seem to be working.
The shift away from religion among Turkey's younger generation follows a trend seen in many industrialized countries. But some wonder if it is also a backlash to almost two decades of the conservative Justice and Development Party's pushy brand of political Islam, Bethan McKernan writes.
★ According to the Associated Press, Eastern Libyan forces laying siege on the country's capital Tripoli accused their rivals on Tuesday of staging an attack in which a Turkish drone hit a food truck convoy in the country's west, killing at least five civilians.
Turkey has sent military equipment in recent months to Libya along with militants from Syria to help the officially recognized Tripoli government. There were also news reports saying that Turkish military jets were flying over Libya.
★ With authoritarianism finding a firmer foothold in Turkey, the government has not hesitated to detain or arrest journalists to control the reporting on the military operation in Syria's Idlib, the intervention in Libya and the refugees in Edirne province, for whom it opened the borders of Europe. On yet another May 3 World Press Freedom Day, journalists in Turkey feel unease about losing their jobs, being censored, put on trial or arrested, reports the Turkish news site Bianet.
In the course of novel coronavirus pandemic, when the only source of information is Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca, 12 local journalists were taken into custody for allegedly "spreading panic and fear" and three of them had to give depositions at the security directorates, Bianet adds.
It is claimed that Turkey is one of the top jailers of journalists in the world.
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★ Police arrested 25 labor union members who were trying to march to Istanbul's Taksim Square. After giving statements, the public prosecutor's office released them.
However, the authorities allowed the union members to lay wreaths at the Republic Monument on the square and Kazanci Street where sniper fire and ensuing dash to run away from the area killed dozens of people on May 1, 1977.
In related news, Turkey's president and ruling Justice and Development Party chair Recep Tayyip Erdoğan released a message for the May 1 Labor and Solidarity Day on May 30. In his message he said: "we will keep on protecting our worker's rights."
★ Two US-based news websites have reported that Netflix has removed the seventh episode in the second season of political thriller series "Designated Survivor" in Turkey following a demand from the Radio and Television Supreme Council, reports Bianet.
The episode in question reportedly features a fictitious President of Turkey named Fatih Turan, who comes under fire from the country's opposition while he is in the U.S. to attend a NATO Summit where he meets with U.S. president Tom Kirkman, played by Kiefer Sutherland.
The seventh episode of "Designated Survivor" entitled "Family Ties" also features a character named Nuri Şahin, a professor who was said to stage a coup in Turkey and lives in the US. The series refers to this character as "the last hope for a democratic and secular Turkey."
The series was previously criticized for the remarks of US President about the government of Turkey and the attempted coup said in the country.
★ There are reports that the Turkish central bank has run out of foreign currency while trying to defend the sinking Turkish lira. The Turkish central bank officials still claim that they have ample foreign currency reserves.
EXCHANGE RATE for the U.S. dollar in Turkish Liras: 7.01
High and Low Temperatures in Degrees F, Weather
Ankara, in central Turkey : 66/48 Thunderstorms
Antalya, on the Mediterranean : 68/61 Thunderstorms
Erzurum, in Eastern Turkey : 59/41 Thunderstorms
Istanbul, in northwestern Turkey : 66/57 Thunderstorms
Izmir, on the Aegean : 73/61 Thunderstorms
Trabzon, on the Black Sea : 64/55 Mostly Cloudy
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