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Faculty Colloquium Series: Defne Över (SOCI) 03/02/2021

“Punishment and Purge: The Turkish Press in Limbo between 2007 and 2010”

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Dr. Defne Över
Assistant Professor, Sociology, 2019-20 Glasscock Faculty Research Fellow


This paper is part of a chapter from Över’s book project on the transformation of the Turkish media in the last 20 years. The book explores media transformation as a case of democratic backsliding. It lays out press workers changing self-understandings in the profession and in the society following AKP’s rise to power in 2002. The book then shows how these changing understandings of self transformed journalists professional practices and thereby the political institution of the media as a whole. This paper specifically focuses on the period between 2007 and 2010 and presents how the shift in the government’s discourse of the nation affected press workers self understandings leading to increased levels of self-censorship and small-scale contention in the media.

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