Editors surprise readers with limited editions after trustees halt printing of Bugun, Millet dailies

Editors of the Bugandun and Millet dailies surprised readers on Thursday by managing to publish a limited number of the dailies via the Dogan Media Group and some local publishing houses after court-appointed trustees to Koza ipek Holding, which owns ipek Media Group, had halted ther usual method of production. It was reported by Turkish media on Wednesday that the trustees who were appointed to the groupand’s administration as part of a government-backed operation against critical media, halted Thursdayand’s print editions of the two dailies. The editors had earlier shared the pages they had prepared for publication via social media. Some readers were surprised to see published copies of the dailies on Thursday after the newspapersand’ editors had managed to publish around 40,000 copies in publishing houses other than their own. Todayand’s Zaman has learnt that the editors asked Ciner Media Group to use their publishing houses but they refused to let them. After a certain number of the dailies had been published, Dogan Media Group also stopped publication for unknown reasons.
Todayand’s Zaman has also learnt that the limited number of dailies were distributed mainly in Ankara and Istanbul.
Social media users said the rare Thursday editions of the dailies were more valuable due to the hardships both in the preparation and publishing processes as the editors would have worked on them while under great pressure from the newly appointed trustees. Several trustees, many of whom have links to the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) were appointed to the administrations of the companies belonging to Koza ipek Holding after the Ankara 5th Criminal Court of Peace ruled for their appointment on Monday in a government-backed move.
The headquarters of ipek Media Group, which is owned by Koza ipek Holding, was raided by police on Wednesday and the ongoing live broadcasts of the groupand’s two TV channels were cut by police.