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Loud and proud— Turkey

Preface

As vocal political battles rage on over the country’s democratisation, Monocle speaks to Turkey’s media stars about the role newspapers have in shaping the nation.

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Journalism in Turkey has always been a political contact sport. Even so, the size of the tax penalty given to the Dogan Media Group – Turkey’s largest – had global reverberations. The conflict between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Dogan first surfaced when the papers dug into the allegations swirling around the premier of corruption. Erdogan publicly accused the group’s founder, 73-year-old Aydin Dogan, of blackmailing the government for policies favourable to his investments.

The public attacks escalated and tax officials fined Dogan…

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