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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Press Snippets: A Victim of Politics?

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Screencap of reportEntertainment correspondent Kenan Erçetingöz, writing in his column for celebrity portal Gecce touches upon the conspiracy theory that the Turkish government used Tarkan as a scapegoat in their latest anti-drug sting (see left pic).

There have been rumours circulated that Tarkan had been purposely humiliated in public, because the artist had refused an invitation to join a conference the Turkish prime minister had given for the nation's celebrities to talk about the increasing democratisation of the country.

Similar to celebrity journalist Ali Eyüboğlu's column in paper Milliyet last week, Erçetingöz ridicules any such idea.

Although he isn't a supporter of the current government, Erçetingöz sourced the rumour to a statement made by an opposition party politician on TV, claiming that cheap political tricks wouldn't dent the people in power.

<< Read about Tarkan's four day detainment by Turkish authorities here

Meanwhile, in Turkish newspaper Sabah yesterday, an article on a little-known region with a disputed status called Abkhazia mentions Tarkan.

In the write-up about the region, Sabah reports that Tarkan is a favourite among music-goers in the Russian-aided state, which has a low population since the conflict with neighbouring Georgia.

Situated on the eastern coast of the Black Sea and the south-western flank of the Caucasus, Abkhazia considers itself an independent state, while most of the world considers it part of Georgia's territory.

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