Arab Today, arab today fears of media selfcensorship in turkey
Last Updated : GMT 04:33:58
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Silencing dissent at crucial time

Fears of media self-censorship in Turkey

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Fears of media self-censorship in Turkey

Newspapers are displayed at newsstand in Istanbul
Ankara - Arab Today

Newspapers are displayed at newsstand in Istanbul Prominent Turkish journalist Can Dundar says he misses the media censorship that followed a bloody 1980 military coup -- at least then, journalists knew where they stood. The 52-year-old, who was ousted this summer from the liberal paper where he had worked since 2001, believes that a new, more insidious form of censorship is silencing dissent at a crucial time for Turkey.
\"As a journalist who witnessed the September 12 period, I can say I miss the censorship of that era. When a story was banned, a military official would tell you in the morning and the story would not be published,\" said Dundar, referring to the aftermath of the 1980 coup.
Now, he told AFP, media organisations including his former paper, Milliyet, are so fearful of repercussions that they self-censor.
\"I know that even pictures of the prime minister where he does not look good caused discomfort within the newspaper.\"
Dundar is among at least 85 Turkish journalists who have been sacked or made to resign since protests erupted on May 31, according to the head of the country\'s journalists\' union Ercan Ipekci.
Turkey has long been criticised for a lack of press freedom.
The US-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) last year named it a \"leading jailer of journalists\", identifying 76 who were in prison, 61 of them purely for their journalism.
But activists say the situation has deteriorated since this year\'s unrest, which began as a row over the planned redevelopment of a park but evolved into mass protests against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is seen as increasingly authoritarian.
Journalists covering the street clashes \"became frequent targets of police abuse,\" said CPJ executive director Joel Simon.
\"But most mainstream journalists don\'t fear being beaten or jailed. Instead, they fear losing their jobs.\"
The result, some say, is that many are censoring themselves to avoid getting into trouble.
Turkish television stations were ridiculed for their timid reporting as the protests began, with one airing a documentary about penguins instead of covering the crisis.
The pressure comes in various forms -- there are reports of organisations hiring or firing journalists at the request of government advisors, while some journalists say they have received threats from politicians.
Ismail Saymaz from the liberal Radikal newspaper received what he called an \"intimidating\" email from a local governor after investigating the death of a 19-year-old university student during the demonstrations.
The governor denied sending the email, which called the journalist \"vile and dishonourable\", but said he agreed with its content.
Arguably more damaging is the fear of media owners that criticising the government will hit the bottom line.
Turkey\'s largest media conglomerate Dogan Group was forced to sell the Milliyet newspaper after the government levied a record 2009 tax fine that Dundar said was a \"message to all media bosses\".
\"Milliyet\'s new boss received the message and made it clear to us from the start that he did not want columns that would offend the prime minister. I believe my columns were thought offensive,\" said Dundar.
\"Dissenting voices in the newspaper have been silenced... at the expense of losing readership,\" he added, accusing media bosses of being \"more royalist than the king\".
In May, Turkey\'s state-run Savings Deposit and Insurance Fund (TMSF) seized assets belonging to the Cukurova group including the Aksam newspaper, citing the conglomerate\'s public debt.
It appointed former ruling party deputy Mehmet Ocaktan as the editor-in-chief of the newspaper shortly afterwards.
Ali Ekber Erturk was fired from the newspaper in September. He was told the paper was \"restructuring\", but attributes his sacking to his personal support for the mass protests, which he wrote a book about.
\"I backed the Gezi Park protests especially through Facebook and my Twitter account, sharing my personal opinions,\" he said.
Ann Cooper, professor at Columbia journalism school in the United States and former head of the CPJ, warned that media organisations unwilling to criticise authorities risked losing their credibility -- something Dundar said was already happening.
\"Turkish audiences prefer watching CNN International to CNN-Turk for their news while dissident journalists face punishments ranging from dismissal to being targeted by the prime minister and ending up in jail,\" he said.
Dogan Tilic of the Association of European Journalists, bemoaned the state of media freedom in Turkey.
\"In the 1990s, we were talking of murdered journalists in Turkey. In the 2000s, there are no murdered journalists, but trials and self-censorship,\" he said. \"Shall we be grateful for this?\"
Source: AFP

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today fears of media selfcensorship in turkey Arab Today, arab today fears of media selfcensorship in turkey

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Fadi explains secrets of  Nancy Ajram's newlook

GMT 18:23 2017 Friday ,24 February

Fadi explains secrets of  Nancy Ajram's newlook
Arab Today, arab today Tourist guide explains types of tourism

GMT 18:28 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Tourist guide explains types of tourism
Arab Today, arab today Expresses Algerian history by woody figures

GMT 13:26 2017 Friday ,24 February

Expresses Algerian history by woody figures
Arab Today, arab today Iran complying with nuclear deal

GMT 07:14 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Iran complying with nuclear deal
Arab Today, arab today Ayat Abaza says state TV presented major stars

GMT 03:52 2017 Sunday ,26 February

Ayat Abaza says state TV presented major stars

GMT 09:39 2017 Friday ,17 February

Zuckerberg envisions Facebook as a 'global community'

GMT 09:17 2017 Friday ,17 February

Alphabet's 'Loon' internet plan closer to deployment

GMT 10:08 2017 Thursday ,16 February

New Facebook job-hunting features challenge LinkedIn

GMT 16:32 2017 Wednesday ,15 February

Turkey becomes world’s biggest prison for journalists

GMT 09:05 2017 Saturday ,11 February

How algorithms (secretly) run the world

GMT 04:53 2017 Wednesday ,08 February

Iraqi author underlines the Arab women role in program
View News in Arabic - Media: وسائل الإعلام أخبار
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Reading therapy relieves mental disorders

GMT 15:39 2017 Friday ,24 February

Reading therapy relieves mental disorders
Arab Today, arab today UK appoints 1st Scotland Yard chief in 188 years

GMT 05:14 2017 Thursday ,23 February

UK appoints 1st Scotland Yard chief in 188 years
Arab Today, arab today Penguins in the age of dinos

GMT 11:44 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Penguins in the age of dinos
Arab Today, arab today Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons
Arab Today, arab today 'Constructive' Vauxhall talk with union

GMT 08:54 2017 Saturday ,25 February

'Constructive' Vauxhall talk with union
Arab Today, arab today Tesla back into red but revenue grows

GMT 07:27 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Tesla back into red but revenue grows
Arab Today, arab today Actress Lobna Abdel Aziz proud of her career

GMT 06:08 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Actress Lobna Abdel Aziz proud of her career
Arab Today, arab today Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage

GMT 12:16 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage

GMT 07:36 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Wafaa Amer is happy for Sherihan’s return

GMT 12:35 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

63-Year-Old Woman Delivers Baby

GMT 22:42 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Nasima Gamei revives heritage in jewelries

GMT 10:28 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Milan laughs while Rome cries

GMT 20:33 2017 Friday ,17 February

To release new antiques collection

GMT 10:20 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Brazil's top diplomat resigns

GMT 11:54 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Saudis await visitors but will they come?

GMT 13:12 2015 Saturday ,09 May

Sheikh Sultan opens Sharjah Centre

GMT 20:02 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Nohan Seyam designs beautiful accessories
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday