Turkey media tycoon Erdogan Demiroren dead at 79

Above, the complex of Dogan Media Group — with the logos of Hurriyet newspaper and Kanal D television station — which Turkish tycoon Erdogan Demiroren purchased in April and renamed Demiroren Media Group. (AFP)
Updated 08 June 2018
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Turkey media tycoon Erdogan Demiroren dead at 79

ISTANBUL: One of Turkey’s leading businessmen who owns the country’s largest media group, Erdogan Demiroren, died of respiratory failure at an Istanbul hospital on Friday, his doctor said.
Demiroren, 79, is head of the Demiroren Group — one of Turkey’s largest conglomerates with interests in media, energy and construction.
His doctor Ozgur Samilgil Erdogan said Demiroren had received treatment for a while but lived until his death “without any suffering with the care of his family as well as the intensive efforts of the hospital personnel.”
“We offer condolences to our country and his relatives,” he said, in a live press conference broadcast on the private CNN-Turk television.
Just two months ahead of parliamentary and presidential elections, Demiroren Group in April purchased Turkey’s largest media group, the Dogan Media Group, which owned major media brands such as the Hurriyet daily and CNN-Turk news channels.
With the takeover, the Dogan Media Group was renamed Demiroren Media Group and the sale was seen by critics as a blow to independent journalism.
Demiroren was widely seen as close to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his son Yildirim is the head of the Turkish Football Federation.
President Erdogan sent a message of condolence.
“Veteran industrialist and businessman Erdogan Demiroren who achieved major accomplishments in his career and who made valuable contributions to our country will always be remembered with gratitude.”
The funeral will take place at an Istanbul mosque on Sunday.


Pence presses Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to pardon Reuters journalists

Updated 14 November 2018
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Pence presses Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to pardon Reuters journalists

  • Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested in Yangon in December 2017
  • Lawyers for the two Reuters reporters have lodged an appeal against their conviction

SINGAPORE: US Vice President Mike Pence pressed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi “multiple times” on Wednesday to pardon two Reuters journalists jailed in her country, a senior White House official said.
Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested in Yangon in December 2017. They were found guilty in September of breaching the Official Secrets Act and sentenced to seven years in prison.
Pence met Suu Kyi on the sidelines of an Asia summit in Singapore.
“He raised the case of two Reuters journalists in particular and raised the request that a pardon could be made,” a senior White House official told reporters on condition of anonymity. “They had a very candid exchange of views on that.”
The White House official said Pence urged Suu Kyi directly to pardon the Reuters journalists “multiple times.”
The official declined to comment on Suu Kyi’s response in the closed-door meeting.
Lawyers for the two Reuters reporters have lodged an appeal against their conviction.
At the time of their arrest in December, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were working on a Reuters investigation into the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim villagers during an army crackdown in Rakhine state.