Turkey has never had real journalistic freedom like in democratic countries. The difference now is that the Erdoğan government is institutionalizing the pressure mechanisms. Prior to the Erdoğan administration, almost all governments wanted to put pressure on the media. However, they never thought of appointing contact persons to wield full control over the media. Recent revelations have shown that Erdoğan has institutionalized control policies that go beyond even those of military coup leaders. Previous governments never attempted to threaten newspapers with a deliberate plan to fine them using tax collectors. They never attempted to put pressure on universities to fire academics from their posts at universities just because the government doesn’t like what an academic writes in a newspaper column. Erdoğan’s model of journalism has three pillars; don’t ask, don’t write, and “yes sir” journalism.


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