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October 8, 2008 2:49 PM

Turkey's Free Press? Not Free Yet

How is Turkey doing these days? It depends on who you ask. The United States has been positioning Turkey as a model for being the most democratic country in the Middle East; on the other hand, the European Union has been questioning freedom of the press and human rights in Turkey, as part of Turkey's the country's EU accession negotiations. Recent events suggest the EU's concerns about press freedom are legitimate. The most dramatic case is the wrangle between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Aydin Dogan, who owns almost half of the media organizations in Turkey.

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October 9, 2008 11:11 AM

Brits Idolize U.S. Election Drama

The Big News in the UK for the last two weeks has been the same as pretty much everywhere else around the world: Financial panic! Market carnage! The abyss! Gemma strips off!

Okay, maybe that last one is only familiar to fans of the British tabloid The Sun, but they are the biggest group of "newspaper" readers in Britain.

Meanwhile, languishing on page two was one of the main events on the UK political calendar - the Conservative Party Conference. A few bits of news trickled out: there was the annual Conservative promise to freeze or abolish some unpopular tax (this year it was the council tax, last year an inheritance tax) and party leader David Cameron's promise to handle the current global crisis better than America has. But British media have been much more focused on politics across the pond.

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