Media Systems and Media Capture in Turkey: A Case Study

Murat Akser, Banu Baybars-Hawks

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This article attempts to explain the current situation of Turkish media system though the media systems approach as a case study with special attention to the concept of media capture. We propose that the Turkish media system’s shift is heavily influenced by media capture. We associate three of Hallin and Mancini media systems concepts related to the effects of media capture in the Turkish media system shift: rise of political parallelism, erosion of journalistic professionalism (ethics), controlling role of the state and government friendly ownership concentration. In explaining the shift from a pluralist polarised to captured media in Turkey we acknowledge the potential for new, independent and alternative media to emerge. The article also comments that the potential reason for this shift from a captured liberal to totally captured media in Turkey is the relationships of media fear that determine the extent to which successive governments in Turkey attempt at media capture. In general, this paper attempts to provide an insight on the current media-politics relationship in Turkey.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalMedia and Communication
Volume12 (2024)
Early online date17 Apr 2024
Publication statusPublished online - 17 Apr 2024


  • media systems
  • media capture
  • political parallelism
  • journalism
  • disinformation


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