Freedom and Democratization: Turkey's Need for a Paradigm Shift in the Media Freedom Debate

Altun F., ÇAĞLAR İ.

INSIGHT TURKEY, vol.18, no.2, pp.127-141, 2016 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 18 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Journal Name: INSIGHT TURKEY
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.127-141


When considering the problems of media freedom in Turkey, two types of pressures come to the fore: (1) the first-hand and tangible pressures exerted on the media by the civilian and military powers, and (2) the indirect and intangible pressures caused by the ideological circles encapsulating the civilian and military powers. Looking at the history of media in Turkey, it becomes apparent that it is not the political institution that is the main factor limiting media freedom, but rather the official ideology surrounding the political institution. In this context, it is necessary to consider the issue of freedom of media in Turkey through the perspective of the democratization of both the country and its media sector. This study will discuss freedom of media in Turkey and the relation between media and politics by focusing on the democratization of the sector, without excluding the perspective that the media should be distant from the pressures of the civil and military centers who hold the administration in their hands.