Doğan Media Mogul vs. Tayyip Erdoğan; no one backs off

 PM Erdoğan promised to open up new files by this weekend. As the deadline gets closer, no side seems to be backing off. Today Hürriyet’s chief editor, Ertuğrul Özkök replied back/threatened angrily in NTV channel. Once again I have to underline: This is not a case of freedom of speech. Only this media mogul’s own papers (and plus the staunchly Kemalist, Cumhuriyet) support their bosses at the moment… 

A quick primer on Doğan vs Erdoğan

What is Lighthouse e.V? Lighthouse e.V. was a Germany-based charity foundation that operated between March, 2001 and April, 2007. Its director Mehmet Gürhan, his successor Mehmet Taşkan and


Erdoğan-Doğan polemic continues to dominate agenda

Polemics between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Doğan Media Group owner Aydın Doğan continue at full speed. The clash was sparked when Erdoğan lashed out at Doğan and his newspapers following their allegations of Erdoğan’s involvement in a fraud case surrounding Deniz Feneri (Lighthouse), a Turkish charity based in Germany.

Important detail in Erdoğan-Doğan row

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan directed accusations at the Doğan Media Group over the weekend. His accusations were a hard pill to swallow.

Dogfight with Doğan

We have a newborn crisis. Turkey has turned into a highly politicized country like Israel. The Israelis say their country is shaken by either festival or scandal — Ein sheket beYisrael: There is no silence in Israel.

Government and media wash their linen

"Unseemly" does not begin to describe the growing row between the Turkish prime minister and the head of his nation’s largest media group.

Freedom of the press

I imagine you are following the heated debate between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Aydın Doğan, the boss of the biggest media group in Turkey. This debate, which is proceeding with a never-before-seen harshness, will continue like this for some time to come.

The ‘Hilton’ uprising of PM Erdoğan


Referring to campaigns in the newspapers of the Doğan Media Group, Prime Minister Erdoğan has said: "The only reason for the campaigns against me is Hilton [hotel chain]. They attack me and my party because we do not restore the Hilton."

Deniz Feneri and polemics


While allegations of corruption and the Deniz Feneri foundation should have been debated in legal terms, arguments have instead shifted to the political platform.

No Freedom Of Expression When It Targets The Ruling Party

Prof. Aslı Tunç of Bilgi University finds it very ironic that the Doğan Media Group, which has been target of constant criticism for trying to extend to every business field possible, has become the defender of freedom of expression and democracy in the latest polemic with the Prime Minister.

Swords drawn, but where to stand?

Do we have to take sides when the prime minister and the boss of the country’s biggest media group draw swords against each other? If we have to force ourselves to do something for the side that we want to take and if we feel unwilling to write something about it, how do we sort this out?

Erdoğan-Doğan war escalates

A "tug-of-words" erupted between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Doğan Media Group owner Aydın Doğan when newspapers belonging to Doğan published news stories alleging Erdoğan’s involvement in a case of fraud surrounding a Turkish charity based in Germany, Deniz Feneri (Lighthouse).

from Media Mogul Papers:

AKP, corruption and exploitation of religion


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Ertugrul Ozkok: I am offering a deal to the Turkish Prime Minister

Turkey’s largest media group refuses to bow to gov’t pressure

The yellator!

Many people thought the prime minister was making a joke when he declared a while ago that yelling was a form of elocution, now we are realizing that he indeed is a master of that particular form of oration; a “yellator…”He has been yelling around… He has been particularly yelling at those challenging either, his absolute leadership or refusing him allegiance.He was rather happy seeing splashed on the front pages of the media in allegiance to him and his Justice and Development Party, or AKP, reports on the so-called Ergenekon case testimonies of the suspects and bits and pieces from the indictment and from the volumes of alleged supporting evidences…

How dare you to insult us, Mr. Prime Minister


‘Calm down,’ says Ladendijk to the PM

Turkey-European Union parliamentary committee co-president Joost Lagendijk criticized Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for putting pressure on the media, the Doğan Group’s daily Milliyet

Journalist associations warn Erdoğan

The board of directors of the Turkish Journalists’ Association, or TGC, and the president of the Press Council, Oktay Ekşi, reacted strongly to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s

Hürriyet must be banned for better democracy


Erdoğan’s attitude the EU’s issue too


Why the PM is so angry?

All through the world, not necessarily restricted to the holy month of Ramadan or the religious holidays but particularly during such important times for the Muslim religion, Muslim people donate money to Muslim charity funds in the hope that through assistance extended by those charity groups some Muslim somewhere else will be offered food, clothing, blankets and other basic requirements. The amount of money that goes to Islamic charity funds can be estimated in billions of dollars.For a long time, American and other Western countries complained that such charity funds might indeed be used in the financing of Islamist terrorism. Along with crippling recruitment capabilities, stopping

PM had better see…

Even Joost Lagendijk, co-chair of the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee, cannot defend Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan this time. Lagendijk, criticizing Erdoğan, said a prime

A sad situation

Aydın Doğan as a businessman controlling billions of dollars as the boss of the biggest media group in the country is left alone in his struggle with the government. Only his family and personnel support

Lighthouse takes over the political agenda

The discussions around the Lighthouse e.V. trial in Germany that pitted Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan against the Doğan Media Group continue to take over the political agenda. Opposition

Doğan stands firm in gov’t row

Turkey’s biggest media owner, Aydın Doğan, accused Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of seeking to silence the press, and said he may seek legal redress if his expansion plans are blocked

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