Posted by: euromediablog | March 13, 2009

Media War in Turkey

Last week was signed by a big scandal, concerning press freedom in Turkey. Dissatisfied with the information output, produced by the newspapers of the Dogan Corporation, premier Erdogan put some significant pressure on the media group by accusing them of hiding taxes after completing a deal with German media player Springer. As a consequence the finance ministry issued a fine of about 380 Mio. €, which would be able to drive the country’s most powerful media company bankrupt. Hamit Dogan Sabincici, owner of Dogan Media, characterizes the state action as an attack to press freedom and accuses Erdogan of instrumentalizing the state for the dischargement of his own political enemies.

For more information: (Frankfurter Rundschau)



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