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Briefing on the changes at Cumhuriyet newspaper

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13 September 2018

Changes at Cumhuriyet newspaper reflect Turkey’s shifting political landscape

  • The new executive board of Cumhuriyet, one of Turkey’s last remaining independent outlets, have removed the newspaper’s editor-in-chief alongside several high-profile members of staff
  • The move has empowered more secular-nationalist inclined figures at the newspaper at the cost of liberal-leftists
  • The changes reflect a struggle over the parameters of acceptable criticism of the government

Control of Cumhuriyet newspaper has shifted following the election of a new board of executives, which acted to immediately remove editor-in-chief Murat Sabuncu and other senior members of staff on September 7. As many as 30 other journalists and columnists have since resigned from the newspaper in protest at the decision…

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