Turkey: censored media back on newsstands with new line

Pro-Erdogan headlines for Bugun and Millet

30 October, 13:07

    Erdogan's presidential motorcade during the parade for Republic Day yesterday in Istanbul Erdogan's presidential motorcade during the parade for Republic Day yesterday in Istanbul

    ISTANBUL - Two Turkish dailies opposing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose publication was halted on Thursday, Bugun and Millet, were back on newsstands Friday with a new editorial line in favor of the head of State.

    Bugun published on its front page a photo of celebrations yesterday for Republic Day with Erdogan at the centre and the headline ''The nation on the street''. Millet wrote instead ''Turkey, only one heart'' with a picture of Erdogan's presidential motorcade during the parade. Opposition parties were ignored.

    The change comes after the editorial management was removed by administrators appointed by the tribunal after the Ipek media group was placed under controlled administration over its alleged ties with magnate and imam Fethullah Gulen, a former ally who has become Erdogan's number-one enemy. The two television channels of the Ipek group whose broadcasts were blocked on Wednesday - Bugun TV and Kanalturk - have reportedly resumed broadcasts with a stance many observers see as in favour of Erdogan.

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