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What's next for journalism in the Erdogan era?

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11.07.2019

It has never been easy to work as a journalist in Turkey. Then Erdogan, the inventor of "advanced democracy," created a climate in which journalism became one of the most dangerous professions in the country. At a time when the nation is ruled from a palace, when the media has essentially been taken out of action via legal and financial means, Turkey has turned into the world's largest prison for journalists.

Now a "think tank" known to be in Erdogan's back pocket has presented a report on foreign media showing that Turkish-speaking foreign media are the next target. Among those on the list are journalists from Deutsche Welle who were denounced and downright blacklisted with the publication of personal information such as CVs, their alleged ideological attitudes and activities on social media.

Local media implausible

A look at the AKP's media policy since it took office in 2002 helps one to understand why this threat against Turkish-speaking foreign media has now occurred. Before Erdogan, most of the media moguls bought newspapers and television stations to put pressure on the respective governments and increase their own assets.

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As soon as Erdogan was in........

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