Prominent journalist Nazlı Ilıcak fired from pro-gov't Sabah daily over comments on corruption probe

Prominent journalist Nazlı Ilıcak fired from pro-gov
# 19 December 2013 01:07 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Veteran Turkish journalist Nazlı Ilıcak was fired from his long-time post at the Sabah daily on Wednesday, APA reports quoting Today's Zaman.

Ilıcak who has been critical of the Recep Tayyip Erdoğan government for quite some time took a critical stance regarding a recent investigation into the alleged bribery linked with public tenders.

Ilıcak criticized Erdoğan, saying that the Turkish prime minister should have adopted a more robust standing with regards to the graft probe, which casted doubts over legitimacy of the government.

The Sabah daily said it parted ways with Ilıcak over disagreement over a number of issues, declining to further elaborate on a possible link between firing of Ilıcak and her critical stance over the corruption case.

This came against a backdrop of series of firings of journalists over the past year due to government pressure on media.

On March 18, experienced journalist Hasan Cemal had parted ways with the Milliyet daily, for which he had been working since 1998, following a controversy over the paper's publishing of the secret minutes of a meeting between the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) leader and Kurdish deputies last month, a news portal reported on Monday.

Cemal decided to quit his job at the daily when an article he sent to the daily to be published on Tuesday was rejected by editor-in-chief.

Additionally, the Milliyet daily, which recently fired a number of columnists who were critical of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), has suspended the column of Derya Sazak, an opinion writer for the paper who was also its editor-in-chief until a recent crisis.

Derya Sazak's last column was published in Milliyet on July 29, 2013. He was told after returning from a holiday on which he had been since that date that his column would no longer be needed, according to a report by Internet magazine T24.

Veteran Turkish journalist Yavuz Baydar was also fired from the Sabah daily on July 23, after its editorial board censored two of his columns related to the Gezi Park protests and media-government relations.

Ilıcak's case constitutes the latest incidents in a series of firings of journalists in the Turkish media which have brought press and government relations into the spotlight and cast further doubts on the democratic credentials of the EU candidate.

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