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AKP engineering media via advertisements – and loans

The Justice and Development Party (AK Party) has been putting pressure on media outlets by using public advertisements and loans from public banks in an attempt to restructure the media to serve its own interests.   One of the AK … Continue reading

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Deported journalist Zeynalov says decision is arbitrary, baseless

Azerbaijani journalist Mahir Zeynalov, who left the country on Friday morning after facing deportation due to his critical tweets about the prime minister, said the decision to deport him is arbitrary as his resident permit expires on March 10.   … Continue reading

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Reuters: ‘Corruption scandal tests Turkey’s cowed media’

And, here is a report by Dasha Afanasieva, Reuters: Dozens of their colleagues are in prison or on trial, thousands of faceless opponents hound them on Twitter, and phone calls from government officials warn them over their coverage – all … Continue reading

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Freedom House on Turkish media: intimidation, firings, buying off/forcing out media moguls, wiretapping, imprisonment

A report by Freedom House has concluded that the Turkish government has failed to resist the temptation of authoritarianism embedded in the state and has applied strong-arm tactics to suppress the media via intimidation, mass firings, buying off or forcing … Continue reading

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Freedom House’s new report on Turkish media: ‘An atmosphere of complicity, censorship, and outright stenography’

Turkey’s government is improperly using its leverage over media to limit public debate about government actions and punish journalists and media owners who dispute government claims, deepening the country’s political and social polarization, Freedom House concludes in a new report. … Continue reading

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Milliyet daily a lame duck, as Turkey’s media crisis deepens

  The crisis that enveloped the Milliyet daily, an old flagship among the center newspapers in Turkey, took a very sharp turn on Monday — an event that implicates even more suffocation of the already badly constrained media. It reached … Continue reading

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