Is the press really free?: The recent conflict between the government and media in Turkey
The history of the relationship between the press and the government dates back to the period of Ottoman Empire but became significantly strained after the foundation of the Turkish Republic. A historical and political economic analysis shows that successive governments in Turkey have found new methods to censor the media as the country's democracy moves towards consolidation. Since 2000 a familiar pressure has been brought to bear on the Turkish media from the conservative majority AKP government which has used legal economic and political-discursive means to control the flow of information thereby favoring a neo-conservative controlled and censored view of news media. This paper takes the recent cases of censorship by the Turkish government on the media as examples to argue governments in Turkey invented new methods of suppressing the press in this more liberal economic and political environment. To that end the method of inquiry includes a certain degree of historical analysis on the change in the political economy of the news media and discourse analysis of the most recent encounters between the media and the government. © Common Ground Banu Baybars Hawks All Rights Reserved.
SourceThe International Journal of the Humanities