Circulation of seized dailies sinks after trustee appointment

The circulation of the Bugandun and Millet newspapers has hit rock bottom since trustees took over management of Koza ipek Holding following a court decision last week.
While the Bugandun daily, the flagship media outlet of the holding, was selling around 104,000 copies a day before the decision, the corresponding figure dropped to 5,600 on average.
The circulation of Millet, in the meantime, plummeted from 47,500 to 15,000 in the same period. Even the reduced number of copies sold are reportedly being sent to subscribers at public institutions.
In what many have called sweeping oppression against dissidents in the country, an Ankara court, on Oct. 26, put Koza ipek Holding under administrative receivership with the management of 22 companies having been handed over to government-appointed trustees.
Even though Article 30 of the Turkish Constitution bans any act of seizure against media outlets, the court justified its decision by saying the holding was financing a so-called terror organization. The media outlets under the holding had a critical stance against the government.
Once the trustees assumed full control of the media outlets, all editorial policy of the dailies and TV channels were changed to have a pro-government stance.
Turkish media also said on Friday that tIraq.
The violence has effectively shelved a settlement process with the PKK that began in late 2012 and the accompanying cease-fire. More than 150 members of the security forces have been killed in the conflict with the PKK or in attacks committed by the terrorist group since violence resumed in late July.

SOURCE: TODAY’S ZAMAN

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