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Media and Democracy in Turkey: Towards a Model of Neoliberal Media Autocracy. / Akser, Murat; Baybars-Hawks, Banu.In: Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, Vol. 5, 01.11.2012, p. 302-321.
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T1 - Media and Democracy in Turkey: Towards a Model of Neoliberal Media Autocracy
AU - Akser, Murat
AU - Baybars-Hawks, Banu
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PY - 2012/11/1
Y1 - 2012/11/1
N2 - This paper reveals the ways in which media autocracy operates on political, judicial, economic and discursive levels in post-2007 Turkish media. Newsmakers in Turkey currently experience five different systemic kinds of neoliberal government pressures to keep their voice down: conglomerate pressure, judicial suppression, online banishment, surveillance defamation and accreditation discrimination. The progression of restrictions on media freedom has increased in volume annually since 2007; this includes pressure on the Doğan Media Group, the YouTube ban, arrests of journalists in the Ergenekon trials, phone tapping/taping of political figures and the exclusion of all unfriendly reporters from political circles. The levels and tools of this autocracy eventually lead to certain conclusions about the qualities of this media environment: it is a historically conservative, redistributive, panoptic and discriminatory media autocracy.
AB - This paper reveals the ways in which media autocracy operates on political, judicial, economic and discursive levels in post-2007 Turkish media. Newsmakers in Turkey currently experience five different systemic kinds of neoliberal government pressures to keep their voice down: conglomerate pressure, judicial suppression, online banishment, surveillance defamation and accreditation discrimination. The progression of restrictions on media freedom has increased in volume annually since 2007; this includes pressure on the Doğan Media Group, the YouTube ban, arrests of journalists in the Ergenekon trials, phone tapping/taping of political figures and the exclusion of all unfriendly reporters from political circles. The levels and tools of this autocracy eventually lead to certain conclusions about the qualities of this media environment: it is a historically conservative, redistributive, panoptic and discriminatory media autocracy.
KW - media autocracy
KW - censorship
KW - surveillance
KW - AKP
KW - journalism
U2 - 10.1163/18739865-00503011
DO - 10.1163/18739865-00503011
M3 - Article
VL - 5
SP - 302
EP - 321
JO - Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication
JF - Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication
SN - 1873-9857