Baku-APA. Turkish veteran journalist Yavuz Baydar was fired from the Sabah daily where he had been working for a long time, after the editorial board of the newspaper imposed cencorship on his two columns over Gezi Park protests and media-government relationsç APA reports quoting Todays Zaman.
Baydar, who is also a columnist for the Today's Zaman daily, first faced cencorship when he vehemently critized government's handling of the Gezi protests.
On June 24, his critical column was not published. Baydar, the readers' editor at the Sabah daily, published readers' letters which critize the government for its stance on the Gezi Park protests which took place against redevelopmant plans of the park in İstanbul's Taksim.
When he sent a piece harshly critizing the government to be published, editors of the Sabah daily didn't publish it. Morever, Erdal Şafak, editor-in-chief of the Sabah daily, slammed Baydar for his stance regarding Gezi protests, in a published column.
Upon the cencorship and mounting pressure he faces, Baydar went on a vacation. He wrote a critical piece on New York Times, revealing the deepening ties between media owners and the government at the expense of freedom of expression and editorial freedom.
Baydar argued in his op-ed article on New York Times that Turkish media owners are clearly undermining the basic principles of democracy in the country in an apparent manner. The major reason, Baydar cites, is the fact that media bosses have fears of losing lucrative business deals with the government.
Illuminating on business ties with media owners and the Turkish government from a critical perspective, Baydar asserted that this kind of relationship has negative reflections on democracy and media.
When he returned from his vacation to Turkey, Baydar sent another piece to the Sabah daily to be published. This time he reportedly wrote on how relationship between editor-in-chief and the readers' editor should be formulated and on the significance of editorial freedom against possible external interventions.
He suggested that there should be no hierarchical relation between an editor-in-chief and a readers' editor, in an apparent reference to Şafak's open criticism and intervention in his column when the daily refused to publish his earlier piece.
Turkish media reported that the Sabah daily also declined to publish Baydar's latest piece.
The newspaper finally dismissed Baydar on Tuesday.
This constitues the latest incident in a series of firings of journalists in the Turkish media, bringing press and government relations into spotlight, casting further doubts on the democratic credentials of the EU candidate.
According to a report appeared on Today's Zaman on Monday, at least 22 journalists have been fired during month-long Gezi protests.
- 01/09/2014 Rescue operation continues after Paris building blast
- 31/08/2014 Slovakia says it may veto new EU sanctions against Russia
- 31/08/2014 European Parliament to send observers to elections in Ukraine
- 31/08/2014 EU leader call for stronger sanctions against Russia
- 31/08/2014 Mogherini of Italy appointed EU foreign policy chief
- 30/08/2014 Tusk elected new president of Council of Europe
- 30/08/2014 Finnish Prime Minister: “EU leaders won't set new sanctions on Russia”
- 30/08/2014 Leaders congratulate Turkey's new PM
- 30/08/2014 Iranian student ordered to leave Norway
- 30/08/2014 Oslo mayor regrets using illegal labor
- 30/08/2014 UN Security Council calls for protection of humanitarian personnel
- 30/08/2014 Turkey, Germany ministers discuss spying claims
- 29/08/2014 Poland, Ukraine bar overflight by Russian defence minister's plane
- 29/08/2014 OSCE advance team arrives in Mariupol, starts monitoring
- 29/08/2014 Turkey's new government announced
- 29/08/2014 Police chief of Armenia’s Artik city misappropriates large quantities of food and cigarettes under guise of assisting army
- 29/08/2014 First human trials of Ebola vaccine to start next week
- 29/08/2014 EU expresses concerns over economic confidence falling in August
- 28/08/2014 U.S. air strikes on Syria would face formidable obstacles
- 28/08/2014 Sweden authorizes NATO troops to enter its territory
- 28/08/2014 Recep Tayyip Erdogan officially takes office as 12th Turkish president - PHOTOSESSION - UPDATED
- 28/08/2014 Switzerland convenes urgent OSCE Permanent Council meeting on Ukraine
- 28/08/2014 Danish military to combat against ISIL in Iraq
- 28/08/2014 Germany to decide on military aid for Iraq on Sunday: minister
- 28/08/2014 French FM dismisses claims of Turkish support to IS
- 27/08/2014 Putin, Merkel speak for soonest possible termination of bloodshed in Ukraine
- 27/08/2014 Air France urged to halt flights to Ebola-stricken Freetown
- 27/08/2014 Turkey’s ruling party elects Davutoğlu as new chair
- 27/08/2014 EU offered Ukraine and the RF to reach the agreement on gas, without the Stockholm court
- 27/08/2014 Obama says eradicating Islamic State will not be easy
- 27/08/2014 Latvia to hold military exercises, to be joined by 1000 foreign forces
- 27/08/2014 252 arrested during Notting Hill Carnival
- 27/08/2014 NATO chief welcomes last ISAF command handover
- 26/08/2014 Rasmussen: ‘NATO does not recognize the election held in Abkhazia’
- 25/08/2014 Swiss economy minister postpones visit to Russia over situation in Ukraine
- 25/08/2014 France's Hollande ejects rebel minister Montebourg from cabinet
- 25/08/2014 Merkel to back Spanish economy minister to lead Eurogroup
- 25/08/2014 EU expects Minsk meeting to pave way for new gas talks
- 25/08/2014 French PM presents government resignation
- 25/08/2014 EU does not recognize Abkhazia presidential elections