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Bilge Yesil


Trials and Tribulations of Turkish News Media

[Protetors in front of Dogus Media. Image by Gazeteport]

On 3 June, while mass protests against the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government were raging in several cities around Turkey, something equally important happened in Istanbul. Close to three thousand people gathered in front of the offices of Dogus Media Group, one of the five largest media conglomerates in Turkey. Waving paper money in their hands and holding up posters with the image of the three wise monkeys, they chanted “sell-out media.” In an ironic twist, ...

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Bilge Yesil

Bilge Yesil
is Assistant Professor of Media Culture at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York. She received her PhD in Media, Culture and Communication at New York University in 2005. She is currently completing a book manuscript, titled The Geopolitics of Turkish Media: Political Economy and Capitalist Transnationalization. Her recent publications Video Surveillance: Power and Privacy in Everyday Life (LFB Scholarly Publishing, El Paso, Texas, 2009), “Press Censorship in Turkey: Networks of State Power, Commercial Pressures and Surveillance,” Communication, Culture and Critique (forthcoming 2013), and  “Internet Regulatory Regime and State Policy towards Online Communications in Turkey,” Locating Emerging Media (Eds. Ben Aslinger and Germaine Halegua, Routledge, forthcoming 2013).