Government-appointed trustees have completed the transformation of Turkish newspaper Zaman,, which had been openly critical of state policies, into a pro-government publication following state seizure ordered by an Istanbul court.

Headlines in this Sunday morning’s early edition can be seen following the new editorial line:

  • Coverage of MHP demands to remove political immunity of pro-minority political party HDP
  • Allegations of a breakdown in relations between the USA and Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD)
  • A piece detailing president Erdogan’s reception on 8 March International Women’s Day
  • Coverage of Erdogan’s pleasure at the rapid development of Istanbul’s third bridge over the Bosphorus

Pro-government Zaman

On Saturday afternoon a group of former Zaman editors announced their plans to publish a new daily.