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Friday, June 11, 2010

Press Snippets: More Tarkan Reports

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Disputed Tarkan Book Updates

In updates to the story of a disputed book court case, which was won by the publisher, news reports from Posta and Pressturk claim that the publisher is still out of pocket as the book has only sold ten copies out of three thousand printed since being published in 2001.

The European Court of Human Rights had recently decided against Turkey in the seizure of a book about Tarkan on the request of the popular singer, which discussed his sexual orientation, awarding the publisher 2,000 euros (2,388 dollars) in compensation.

Screencap of reportMeanwhile, Milliyet's celebrity journalist Ali Eyüboğlu has come out in defence of Tarkan in a recent column about the case.

Arguing that the original thesis might have been a serious scientific case study, Eyüboğlu is of the opinion that the book the case study is based on, is not. "If there are 30 pages from the original thesis, there are 80 pages on comments about Tarkan's sexuality and his photographs.

"Having read both the thesis and the book, I'm of the opinion that when the scientific case study was turned into a book it was commercialised to focus entirely on Tarkan's private life and moreover his sexual preferences.

"A lot of photographs were published in the book with no sources cited. So, why did Turkey lose the case?

"It means that Turkey failed to successfully defend itself, and failed to put forward the differences between the book and the thesis, and persuade the court that the thesis and the book are different... It wasn't the thesis that was banned, but the book about Tarkan based on that thesis.

"And the European court believing that a scientific study had been censored, decided against Turkey," Eyüboğlu writes.

"Once Upon a Time Tarkan"

Bugün correspondent Bilal Özcan has mentioned Tarkan in a recent column, about Turkish singers that sing with their hearts.

Although he says "like Tarkan used to do", of the Turkish megastar's track "Unutmamalı" (A-acayipsin, 1994) in his column Özcan asks, "Who can sing [that song] as beautifully as Tarkan?"

In Other Reports

Finally, Sabah reports that Tarkan's dentist Dr Galip Gürel has become the first Turkish dentist to be the President Elect of the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry.

The report writes that Tarkan even features in Dr Gürel's 2003 book "The Science and Art of Porcelain Laminate Veneers" as a photo subject for the manual, which has been translated into various languages and is even said to be used by students at New York University.

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