RESEARCH TURKEY: Difficult Task in Suppressed Media Environment

This research aims to create a better understanding of media self-regulatory mechanisms in Turkish media landscape.

Inadequate competition, lack of transparency of media funding, concentration of media ownership, political influence on editorial policies, and the lack of independence of regulatory authorities are ongoing concerns in the media scene in Turkey.

Considering these points, it is a challenging task not only to build a mechanism that will ensure compliance with ethical principles and put them into practice but also to develop a sustainable self-regulation mechanism for the media. Still, the Press Council (PC) can be seen as a self-regulatory mechanism and the ombudsman can serve as a related effort on media self-regulation.

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The report explores the current efforts of independent bodies such as the Press Council (PC), the Turkish Journalists’ Association (TGC), the Journalists’ Union of Turkey (TGS), the independent media ombudsman, and the strategies that could potentially improve media self-regulation in Turkey.

Funded by the European Union.

The regional program “Our Media: A civil society action to generate media literacy and activism, counter polarisation and promote dialogue” is implemented with the financial support of the European Union by partner organizations SEENPMAlbanian Media InstituteMediacentar SarajevoPress Council of KosovoMontenegrin Media InstituteMacedonian Institute for MediaNovi Sad School of JournalismPeace Institute and Bianet.

This article was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of SEENPM and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.