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Daily Sabah
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Turkuvaz Media Group
PublisherTurkuvaz Gazete Dergi Basim A.S.
Editor-in-chiefIbrahim Altay
Founded2014
Political alignmentErdoganism
Right-wing populism
Conservatism
LanguageArabic, English
HeadquartersIstanbul, Turkey
Circulation8,588[1]
Websitedailysabah.com

The Daily Sabah (lit.'Daily Morning') is a Turkish [2] pro-government daily newspaper,[3][4][5] published in Turkey. Available in English and owned by Turkuvaz Media Group, Daily Sabah published its first issue on 24 February 2014.[6][7] The editor-in-chief is Ibrahim Altay.

The newspaper has been frequently called a propaganda outlet for the Turkish government and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).[3][4][5][8] It is owned by a friend of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.[9]

History

The Daily Sabah was established in 2014 when a highly-antagonistic political climate reigned in Turkish politics. After the conflict in December 2013 between the Gulen movement, a religious civil society organization with some political aspirations, and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), the Gulen movement's Today's Zaman turned into an ardent critic of the ruling AKP. To balance the critical discourse against the AKP by Today's Zaman and Hürriyet Daily News, a secular critic of the AKP, Daily Sabah emerged as a supportive voice of the AKP in the English language.[10][11]

Editorial policy and viewpoints

Daily Sabah describes itself as "committed to the democracy, the rule of law, human rights and liberty".[12] However, the paper is described as a mouthpiece of the AKP by Foreign Policy.[8]

According to the German newspaper Der Spiegel, Daily Sabah is critical of the Gulen movement, which the AKP government accuses of trying to overthrow the government in an attempted coup in 2016.[13] Daily Sabah has been described as using transparent, ill-formed, and Turkish-style propaganda to advance the AKP government's version of events by Der Spiegel.[13]

Criticism

In March 2017, a Dutch member of the European Parliament called Daily Sabah "hate press" and tried to prohibit the distribution of Daily Sabah in parliamentary sessions. The European Parliament has made accusations about the lack of freedom of speech and expression in Turkey, and Daily Sabah defends the AKP government's human rights record. Daily Sabah has said the decision to prohibit its distribution was a violation of the freedoms of the press and expressions. Meanwhile, the EU Affairs Minister for Turkey Ömer Çelik said the following about the issue: "The European Parliament's ban on the freedom of press is a tragic event for the future of Europe."[14][15][16][17][18][19][20]

Notable columnists

References

  1. ^ "Tiraj". Archived from the original on 2013-01-30. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  2. ^ Agency, Anadolu (November 29, 2022). "Sweden's ban on religious schools slammed for targeting Muslims". Daily Sabah. Archived from the original on April 15, 2023. Retrieved April 15, 2023.
  3. ^ a b "The U.S. tried to kill Erdogan, says editor in chief of Turkish daily". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 8 April 2019. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  4. ^ a b "The other side of the coin in Turkish media". Middle East Eye. Archived from the original on 24 December 2018. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  5. ^ a b "New English daily offers Turkish government perspective". Al-Monitor. 27 February 2014. Archived from the original on 24 December 2018. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Hoş geldin bebek". www.sabah.com.tr. Archived from the original on 8 April 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Türkiye'yi dünyaya DAILY SABAH anlatacak". www.sabah.com.tr. Archived from the original on 8 April 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Army of Spin". Foreign Policy. Archived from the original on 8 April 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  9. ^ Erdoğan: Faith and Fury Archived 2018-09-01 at the Wayback Machine The Black Sea, 16 June 2018. Retrieved 23 December 2018
  10. ^ "New English daily offers Turkish government perspective". Al-Monitor. Archived from the original on 16 June 2016. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  11. ^ "Daily Sabah". eurotopics.net. Archived from the original on 2023-02-18. Retrieved 2023-05-29.
  12. ^ "About Us". www.dailysabah.com. Archived from the original on 9 September 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  13. ^ a b Popp, Maximilian (6 January 2014). "TÜRKEI: Die Rache der Brüder". Der Spiegel (in German). Archived from the original on 2018-08-17. Retrieved 2017-04-29.
  14. ^ "European Parliament bans Turkey's Daily Sabah". Archived from the original on 2018-10-03. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  15. ^ "European Parliament bans distribution of Turkish daily at its building". TRT World. Archived from the original on 2018-10-03. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  16. ^ "European Parliament bans Daily Sabah but does not know exactly why". Daily Sabah. Archived from the original on 2018-10-03. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  17. ^ "'FETO behind ban' on Daily Sabah in European parliament". Archived from the original on 2018-10-03. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  18. ^ "'FETÖ behind ban' on Daily Sabah in European parliament". Yeni Şafak. Archived from the original on 24 March 2017. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  19. ^ "European Parliament President bans distribution of Daily Sabah at parliament - World News". Hürriyet Daily News. Archived from the original on 2018-10-03. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  20. ^ "European Parliament violated freedom of press with Daily Sabah ban, Turkish Law Platform says". anews. Archived from the original on 2018-10-03. Retrieved 2018-10-03.