Friday, May 06, 2016

Burak Bekdil, Gatestone Institute: Turkey: "We Need a Religious Constitution"

Here is a bit about Turkish journalist Burak Bekdil:

http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/biography/Burak+Bekdil

Burak Bekdil
Hürriyet Daily News

Burak Bekdil is an Ankara-based Turkish columnist writing for Hürriyet Daily News and a Fellow at the Middle East Forum. He has covered Turkey for the U.S. weekly Defense News since 1997. Previously, Bekdil worked as Ankara Bureau Chief for Dow Jones Newswires and CNBC-e television. He contributes to annual national defense sector reviews for anti-corruption institutions like Transparency International and Global Integrity.

James Cuno, art historian and President of the J. Paul Getty Trust, describes Bekdil as "a frequent critic of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan." In 2001, a Heavy Crimes Court in Ankara sentenced Bekdil to a suspended, 20-month prison sentence for his column in which he had satirised corruption in the judiciary.

Bekdil's comments, quotes and articles have been published in international media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, BBC, The Guardian, Reuters, Associated Press, Bloomberg, Los Angeles Times, The Commentator, New York Times, Kathimerini, National Review Online, Algemeiner, NPR, Washington Times, Die Presse, Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post, Toronto Star, Financial Times, Al-Monitor, Le Figaro, ABC, El Pais, Stern, Al-Arabiya, Helsingin Sanomat, Racjonalista, Defence Greece, Moyen-Orient, Courier International, ISN Security Watch and Coloquio (of Congreso Judio Latinoamerico).

(Born: Ankara, 1966; Undergraduate: Department of Economics, Middle East Technical University, Ankara; Post-graduate: Department of Economics, University of Surrey, United Kingdom)

To read the entire article at the Gatestone Institute website, kindly click on this link:

http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/7988/turkey-religious-constitution

Turkey: "We Need a Religious Constitution"