New era signaled in army-media relations in Turkey

Turkey’s new army chief Gen. Ilker Basbug signaled Tuesday a new era has started regarding the relations between the military and the media.

Chief Of Staff Meets With A Select Group Of Media Organs
BİA – İstanbul,Turkey
Sedat Ergin, chief editor of the newspaper Milliyet, told that they had asked the chief of staff what their accreditation criteria regarding the newspapers

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Media reform

By RADIKAL, HASAN CELAL GÜZEL

The media is the Fourth Estate. Alright, but while there are ways in which to audit and oversee the power of the other three "estates," there is no way to oversee the power of the media outside of "self-criticism," which never seems to be in functioning mode.

It appears Erdoğan-Doğan fight is over…

By BUGÜN, TOKTAMIŞ ATEŞ

The fact that the one week that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan "gave" Aydın Doğan is almost over and that during this week Doğan has not issued any additional accusations and has just been satisfied with repeating previous ones — in a softer form — confirms my previously stated speculation that "this business won’t last very long."

To the lighthouse

If anyone is wondering why so many columnists on this page are obsessed by the current dogfight between the Turkish prime minister and the owner of his country’s largest newspaper, it is because so many of us have run the painful gauntlet between governments trying to twist the arms of the media and press barons trying to pick the pocket of the government.
German prosecutor seeks 6-year sentence for Turkish suspect

Motives behind Erdoğan-Doğan polemic

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan increasing his rhetoric in the row with Doğan Media Group owner Aydın Doğan over the weekend dashed initial expectations that the long-lasting debate was eventually coming to an end.

Anatolia-İstanbul battle

By SABAH, HASAN BÜLENT KAHRAMAN

The current Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government is challenging the established bourgeoisie for perhaps the first time in the history of the republic. What is going on is not only a fight between media boss Aydın Doğan and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Doğan-Erdoğan row dates back to the 1970s

For the last several weeks Turkey’s agenda has been occupied with a row and "tug-of-words" between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Aydın Doğan, the boss of Turkey’s biggest media group.

Press freedom hostage of political power and media owners

When it comes to talk about the situation of the press in Turkey, a journalist, if he is still in touch with his conscience, has a hard time figuring out where to begin.

Where does the TSK stand in the fight between the government and the Doğan Media Group? by EMRE USLU & ÖNDER AYTAÇ

It seems that the bitter fight between the government and the Doğan Media Group will continue for quite some time. Various explanations have offered why the escalation took place in the first place. What remains to be discussed is where the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) stand in the fight between the two sides.

Deniz Feneri and double standards

By BUGÜN, MEHMET METINER

I want to make clear from the outset that I have no double standards at all. I do not hesitate to criticize people for their mistakes, regardless of who they are.

How to improve the Turkish media

During the last week or so Turkey has been witnessing what may be the fiercest battle of words ever to pass between a prime minister and a media group owner. But the reasons behind this are all too familiar for the public at large.

Erdoğan-Doğan war continues at full speed

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan continued his criticism of Doğan Media Group owner Aydın Doğan over the weekend. The two have been engaged in a heated row following reports in Doğan’s newspapers implicating the prime minister in a fraud case against a charity organization in Germany.

There is a point PM is right about but…

Mehmet Ali Birand

Independent media?

By Fréderike Geerdink

Freedom of the press? I don’t think that’s really the issue these days. There’s a sort of war going on between Dogan, owner of the biggest media-group, and Prime Minister Erdogan. Dogan papers (which are all the big ones, like Sabah, Hürriyet, Radikal, and many more) have devoted a lot of space recently to a

No to Sept. 12; yes to its Constitution?

By ZAMAN, MUSTAFA ÜNAL

Is the left not opposed to Sept. 12, 1980 coup? According to what it has said and written, yes. But, who is most opposed to amending the 1982 Constitution, a byproduct of the coup era? Leftist intellectuals and politicians.

History of anger

Can Dündar

Recalling

By SABAH, SOLI ÖZEL

Last Friday was the anniversary of the Sept. 12 coup. The details of this coup would embarrass all.

Ingmar Karlsson: Lack of constructive opposition most crucial problem in Turkey

By FATMA DİŞLİ

Swedish Consul General in İstanbul Ingmar Karlsson, known for his efforts to bring Turkey closer to the EU and to promote Turkish-Swedish relations since he assumed his post in 2001, points out the lack of a constructive opposition in Turkey as Turkey’s most important obstacle before its democratization. Karlsson strongly believes that if Turkey can realize EU reforms, opposition against Turkey’s membership will gradually disappear and that Turkey will be granted a place in the 27-nation bloc.

Why can’t we beat the PKK? by EMRE USLU & ÖNDER AYTAÇ

The civilian and military authorities have finally admitted that state policies so far have failed to prevent people from joining the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Two important matters for the Turkish left

By YENİ ŞAFAK, ALİ BAYRAMOĞLU

There stand before the left in this nation two large "matters of political mentality" which need to be transcended.

Social democracy and the Turkish left A new possibility? by EVREN TOK

Karl Polanyi (1886-1964) is a well-known economic historian and anthropologist of Hungarian descent, the author of the “Great Transformation,” and also one of the key figures who have had significant influence on the evolution of European social democracy.

Only as much growth as there is democracy

By STAR, ESER KARAKAŞ

The crucial period of growth that Turkey has been going through since 2002 and which has been supported by the global economic situation, political stability, EU reforms, foreign direct investment (FDI) and, I personally am convinced, a very obvious budgetary discipline, is under severe threat at this point.

DTP closure seems not to be a solution

The pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP), which is facing a closure case on the grounds that its actions run counter to the independence of the Turkish state and the indivisible integrity of its territory and people, presented its verbal defense at the Constitutional Court yesterday, bringing it a step further to a final verdict.