No severance pay for sacked journalist

Journalist Elif Akin, who was economy editor at the Millet daily, has been refused severance pay and is considered ineligible to apply for unemployment benefits after being fired from the once critical paper.
Koza ipek Holding was seized by a board of trustees, made up of either members or supporters of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), just before the Nov. 1 election. The seizure of the company included the takeover of its media outlets, such as the Bugandun and Millet dailies and the Bugandun TV and Kanaltandurk television stations — all of which were platforms for voices critical of the AK Party.
Since the arrival of the board of trustees, many employees of the media outlets have been sacked, including Elif Akin.
The journalist of 12 years told Todayand’s Zaman about her experience, saying: and”I went to work at the usual hour in the morning. I scanned my security card and was escorted to human resources by the police. Despite the existence of Press Law No. 212, they fired me according to Law No. 4857 [of the Turkish Labor Law]. They claim it was rightful termination and therefore declare that I cannot receive any severance pay or apply for unemployment benefits.and”


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