Archive for the ‘Journalism’ Category

Google Wave- the new goody?

In Cyberculture, Journalism on October 4, 2009 at 16:33

It seems that Google offers us a new goody to play with.  I saw some Turkish tech bloggers are using the trial versions and they seem to be happy. Well, I am waiting its arrival. There also a round up follows on cybercultural stuff..

Google Wave closer to breaking

by Jennifer Lush

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for googlewave.jpgThe Google Wave is one step closer to breaking after the announcement that invitations would be sent to some 100,000 developers, business and university customers and first-time users to preview the service.

A ‘wave’, which is a browser-based tool that is ‘shared, live and in equal parts conversation and document’, has created a particular buzz amongst journalists who see the opportunities that combining email, instant messaging and real-time interaction, opens up. It could very well change the way journalists currently work. Read the rest of this entry »

Hülya Avşar and Ceylan Önkol; ending up in the same, Kurdish narrative…

In Journalism, Turkey and Kurds on October 2, 2009 at 18:28
Hülya Avşar

Hülya Avşar

After some disappointing and unnecessary remarks, a popular culture icon, Hülya Avşar was interviewed in Milliyet and this ended up with an investigation.

Challenge for Infamous Prosecutor: BIA Quotes Avşar Interview
Bakırköy Public Prosecutor Ali Çakır’s investigation against Hülya Avşar and Devrim Sevimay has nothing to do with “justice”. This abuse of public power under the pretense of the “Kurdish Initiative” is nothing else but mobbing against the two women. We are protesting.

In the mean time, a scandal might be developing:

A Facebook group accusing military forces in the local area

“The family of a girl killed by a mortar shell fired from an unknown location overlooking the village of Şenlik in Diyarbakır province has asked how it can request an investigation into her death when there are no state authorities in the area…VIA

Diyarbakır Chief Prosecutor Durdu Kavak has said that two bomb experts are conducting an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Ceylan Önkol in the village of Şenlik in Diyarbakır province following her family’s allegations that there were no state authorities in the area to provide assistance. VIA

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A few more words on the “Kurdish Opening”

In Journalism, Turkey and Armenians, Turkey and Kurds, Turkey in Europe, Turkish foreign policy on September 12, 2009 at 11:56

Well, Turkish political agenda is full of new openings and summer was not a vacation time. Alas, I was in a sort of vacation and thus missed blogging about these openings (and crises, of course).

Brief ideas on the Kurdish opening:

1) High officials in the Turkish army backs the gov’t move. Without that backing, I do not believe AKP would be courageos enough to declare the move.

2) In the last elections, AKP realized that there is no way it can win hearts of CHP voting masses in Western, and Southern parts of Anatolia. Plus, despite the dose of rising nationalism, AKP lost votes to nationalist MHP in Central Anatolian towns. On the other hand, in Kurdish lands, AKP has a real chance. This opening may win some extra votes. This opening might be a "revenge" against nationalist Turks.

3) Nationalist reactions stayed at a ridiculous level. MHP leader’s too angry rhetoric reaches to absurdity instead of substantive opposition. CHP is already in an absurd situation since it now rejects what it had proposed as solution to Kurdish crisis decades ago…

Turkish army officers salute flag-covered coffin of Orhan Kilic, ...
Turkish army officers salute flag-covered coffin of Orhan Kilic, one of nine Turkish soldiers killed by Kurdish rebels of the Kurdistan Workers Party or PKK at the Turkey-Iraq border two days ago, during a funeral service at the Kocatepe Mosque in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009.
(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

But of course, those opposing the opening, were quick to manipulate the funeral of killed Turkish soldiers… No surprise; hawks of both sides do not like an opening.

In the mean time, another opening comes with the Armenian side. And yet another comes with the EU as the wise men talk. Unfortunately, the gov’t scores miserably against the media. Even I am getting angry with gov’t moves against the Doğan Media Group. All about these can be found below…


Between social integration and political dissociation: Turkey’s Kurdish issue perception (1) by TAHA ÖZHAN

On Sept. 11, Armenian massacres, butterflies, the caliphate and the EU





Turkey hopeful on Armenia border

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“Why anthropologists should become journalists

In Anthropology, Journalism on March 12, 2009 at 13:42

Check out Lorenz’s post to learn why:)

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“Pressure on Turkish Press”

In Journalism, Turkish politics on March 10, 2009 at 20:06

1. It is certain that PM Erdoğan is not good at handling the media, his is a PR disaster. Or this is a matter of perspective; ordinary AKP voters and even some others who are uneasy with DMG for ages believe he is treating DMG just as it deserves. Thus it is a PR success. It depends on who is the target.

2. In a more abstract democratic level, however, political authority must not target the media. Even if the authority has valid reasons, media should still be given autonomy. Unfortunately, AKP instigated huge tax fine is a violation of that autonomy.

3. PM Erdoğan is right: DMG acted like an opposition party. But in a country where opposition is so weak, media can assume that role. A powerful government should have accepted that. This does not fit in objectivism ideology in journalism but who cares? Objectivism was never around.

4. But if DMG assumes a political role, then it will have to accept the consequences. A political struggle will create some sorts of wounds. I would still not support a government pressure but i would not be surprised if there pressure since this becomes a field of political struggle.

5. Is a businessman, Aydın Doğan, ready or desiring such a struggle? I am not sure. Ideologically motivated senior journalists are leading the fight, I believe, as some like Fehmi Koru claim. It is never good for business to start a fight against a powerful political authority.

6. What are press or human rights organizations abroad will react? They just react according to the somewhat clichés which cannot be denied in abstract but has no relevance in a particular context. Yes, it is embarrasing for AKP to be subjected to these criticism but this does not mean, they have a subtantive impact on AKP leadership or constituencies. Because these criticism willingly or unwillingly ignore the ongoing political struggle in Turkey.


A roundup: 

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1 March 2009 in Turkish press…

In Journalism, Turkish politics on March 1, 2009 at 18:18


Ciner Group is back in business. Its ambitious newspaper, Habertürk, was released today for the first time.  Editor in chief is Fatih Altaylı who is a long time professional journalist/columnist in mainstream media. High quality in print, but not much novelty in content. My first impression. I feel it will first challenge Sabah, which did belong to Ciner Group before and now owned by a pro-AKP corporate, and whose design look similar…  The paper will probably politically locate itself between pro-AKP press and anti-AKP Doğan Group dailies…

Staunch Kemalist daily’s first page was mostly blank aimed to protest AKP’s pressure on journalism. Until recently, Cumhuriyet’s existence relied on state bureacracy’s purchases for government offices and libraries… 


Taraf has been publishing some more leaked military documents. This time not about Ergenekon but 28 February coup. All we knew it by feeling, now some documents around… Sorts of social engineering some army officials were up to that did not work out too well in the end…

“Guide to Major Turkish Daily Newspapers 2008

In Journalism on February 21, 2009 at 20:55

I haven’t read it all yet but this guide seems to be a very good guide for beginners. In fact, I don’t have a similar guide around. Have a look.

Abdi İpekçi, 30 years after.

In Journalism on February 3, 2009 at 17:55

A few days ago, it was the 30th anniversary of Abdi İpekçi assassination. In one of the darkest days of Turkey, he was murdered. Milliyet’s then chief editor has been one of the best journalists in the history of Turkish journalism…May his soul rest in peace…

From Wikipedia entry:
On 1 February 1979, two members of the ultra-nationalist Grey Wolves, Oral Çelik and Mehmet Ali Ağca (who later shot pope John Paul II), murdered Abdi İpekçi in his car on the way back home from his office in front of his apartment building in Istanbul. Ağca was caught due to an informant and was sentenced to life in prison. After serving six months in a military prison in Istanbul, Ağca escaped with the help of the Grey Wolves and fled to Bulgaria, which was then a base of operation for the Turkish mafia.

 A journalism roundup follows:


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Erkan looks at Turkey’s news channels…

In Erkan's mumbles, Journalism on January 27, 2009 at 13:41

As a news junkie, I may live in the right country. At the moment, there are at least 6 TV channels that specialize in news, that they call themselves as news channels.
After bought by Ciner Group, which is heading towards to rebuild its media conglomerate and possibly becoming the second biggest one again, Haberturk became my favorite. In hard news, in breaking news, i guess they invest and succeed more than all others.

NTV used to be my favorite since I arrived back to Istanbul in summer 2004. No other channel could challenge them. However, the channel began to introduce some very good talk shows and football programs etc- and it also plays for the high cultural consumption such as Sunday classical music concert programs- gradually although its ratings rose, it lost its power a little bit as a news breaker.

Kanal 24 as a hard news channel is trying hard and I rely on them more and more.

TGRT Haber is a full time news channel. Their style is a bit boring and but they are better at local news.

Sky Turk is never my first choice. But they sometimes offer better and additional coverage.

Ah poor CNN Turk. It is a proper news channel but always remained under the shadow of NTV and now it has more rivals and it never excites me. Despite the CNN partnership, it has a low profile in Turkey…

Milliyet’s xenophobia

In Journalism on January 5, 2009 at 19:35

Milliyet provides a list of Turkish NGOs that received foreign funding. "these fundings are questionable" the report says. Because American consulate funded a religious NGO and Soros funded TESEV, one of the most successful NGOs in research related issues. But they have supported so many other NGOs. For instance TEMA, an environmental NGO with some deep-state connections. Why does the news producer not highlight what TEMA gets?

This is a disgusting way of news making and unfortunately such a quality paper, Milliyet, is frequently trapped into that because of its particularly secularist/nationalistic agenda. If an NGO does not share your political agenda, then it betrays the country with the help of some hostile foreigns….

By the way here is the whole list in Turkish: 

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