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Media and Democracy in Turkey: Towards a Model of Neoliberal Media Autocracy

Akser, Murat and Baybars-Hawks, Banu (2012) Media and Democracy in Turkey: Towards a Model of Neoliberal Media Autocracy. Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, 5 . pp. 302-321. [Journal article]

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URL: http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/18739865-00503011

DOI: 10.1163/18739865-00503011


This paper reveals the ways in which media autocracy operates on political, judicial, economic and discursive levels in post-2007 Turkish media. Newsmakers in Turkey currently experience five different systemic kinds of neoliberal government pressures to keep their voice down: conglomerate pressure, judicial suppression, online banishment, surveillance defamation and accreditation discrimination. The progression of restrictions on media freedom has increased in volume annually since 2007; this includes pressure on the Doğan Media Group, the YouTube ban, arrests of journalists in the Ergenekon trials, phone tapping/taping of political figures and the exclusion of all unfriendly reporters from political circles. The levels and tools of this autocracy eventually lead to certain conclusions about the qualities of this media environment: it is a historically conservative, redistributive, panoptic and discriminatory media autocracy.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:media autocracy, censorship, surveillance, AKP, journalism
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute
ID Code:28143
Deposited By: Dr Murat Akser
Deposited On:28 Nov 2013 14:43
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:12

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