TURKISH PRESS REVIEW on FEB. 18



The following news stories are being covered by Turkish daily newspapers on Tuesday: Turkey’s ministry of education’s distribution of 100-thousand tablet computers to Turkish students, an explosion at an art gallery in Istanbul and the hijacking of an Ethiopian plane en route to Rome. 

Daily Taraf reported that around 675 thousand tablet computers would be distributed to Turkish students by the end of March. Daily Turkiye said that 100,000 tablet computers were distributed in one day.

Hurriyet’s headline said, “Gas exploded like bomb,” referring to an explosion at an art gallery in Istanbul, which wounded ten people. “Scary explosion in Taksim” was Posta’s headline. ”Everybody thought it was a bomb but it was bottled gas”, it said. “Not bomb, gas compression,” said Milliyet.

The daily newspaper reported that an Ethiopian Airlines co-pilot hijacked his plane on Monday and forced it to change course for Geneva, where he had hoped to be granted political asylum. Another Turkish newspaper, Star, said the co-pilot took control of the plane when the pilot left the cockpit to use the lavatory.

Turkey’s largest daily newspapers Aksam, Milliyet, Radikal and Haberturk quoted Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a ceremony as saying, “We make regulations without limiting freedom,” referring to the controversial Internet law that was recently passed.

These newspapers quoted Erdogan as saying, “Computers should be your prisoner, you shouldn’t be theirs,” 

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