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Zeynep Alemdar


Turkish Media's Moral Bankruptcy: An Interview with Haluk Sahin

[Veteran journalist and media scholar Haluk Şahin. Image from

Two weeks since the eruption of the Gezi Park protests in Istanbul, the demonstrations show little signs of abating. Instead, they have proliferated across the country and taken on new political forms, expressions, and iterations. One thing, however, remains largely consistent: the mainstream Turkish media have at best shied away from covering the protests and at a worst ignored them completely. With all eyes on Istanbul, following the international and Turkish media ...

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Zeynep Alemdar


Zeynep Alemdar is assistant professor of International Relations at Okan University, Istanbul, where she also heads the European Union Research Center. She has a broad research agenda, tackling issues of democratization, accountability and governance in Turkey. Her recent publication, “The Turkish Model of Freedom of Speech” will appear in Freedom of Speech and New Threats of Censorship: Transitions Towards Open and Meaningful Public Discourse, Ed. Peter Molnar (Central University Press, forthcoming 2013), she has published in New Perspectives on Turkey, International Relations, Turkish Policy Quarterly, and European Journal of Turkish Politics. She worked at the international news desk of the TV Channel TV8 and Cumhuriyet newspaper. She also works with NGOs in Istanbul, and gave talks on human rights and women’s rights in the US, France, Belgium, Germany, Brazil, Morocco, and Macedonia. She received her Ph.D. degree in Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2005 and her MA degree in Diplomacy from the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce from the same university. She holds a BA degree from Galatasaray University. In the summer of 2011, Alemdar was a visiting professor at the Center for Turkish Studies and the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University.