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Media in Turkey before, during and after the referendum | openDemocracy

Source: Media in Turkey before, during and after the referendum | openDemocracy

My commentary/analysis for Open Democracy’s New Turkey Old Troubles special week discusses the dire situation media is in Turkey with a specific reference to the ways in which media have been systematically silenced and given to the service of the AKP government as well as the role it has played during the constitutional referendum process. Below is the theme editor Mehmet Kurt’s introduction to my piece:

“On Friday, Ece Algan charts conditions in the media under Erdogan’s rule, and different ways to silence them. The state’s accusations mainly involve a link with a terrorist organization, or several, as power is not afraid of contradicting itself, provided that the media are forced to comply with the government line. Noting the 2017 World Press Freedom Index that places Turkey 155th out of 180 countries, Algan describes how Kurdish media is the easiest target, which has suffered from state violence the most. However, Algan also indicates the importance of alternative media platforms and their moderate but growing influence and capacity to host many forms of resistance in the drastically changing political climate of Turkey.”

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