Group Name: The Deacs
Team Members: Kat Huber, Katie Ward, Reyna Baker, Tyler Roberts, Melissa Lombard
Idea: To write about the acceptance of the Syrian refugees throughout Europe, specifically Turkey, concentrate on Turkish media outlets and patterns in their reporting on the issue and compare them to the United States media
- Look for patterns in Turkish media reporting
- Link between refugees and recent terrorist attacks in Turkey
- Media blaming a certain group or party for social unrest
- Type of national media Turkey currently has
- Racism/inequality toward refugees
- How refugees are portrayed in the media
- Censorship in Turkey based on large media conglomerate’s relationship with the government
- Ranked 151 on press freedom index
- Many journalists in jail for their articles (49)
- 300+ legal restrictions on media
- Media concentrated on two pillars: between the mainstream and the pro-Islamist/conservative tendencies.
We chose this topic because it is a very relevant and controversial global event. Syrian refugees are being accepted as well as denied from many different countries throughout the world, and Turkey is one that has the largest number of refugees admitted, as well as the largest number of terrorist attacks in recent months. We are interested in how the Turkish media outlets are responding to this unrest, how they report it, and how the Turkish citizens are receiving the media messages. We want to analyze the patterns within the media reporting, as well as how the government affects/controls the Turkish media. Once gathered, we will compare this information on the Turkish media to the United States media, and highlight the differences and/or similarities between the two.
Media has begun to be tools for political and financial interests and for manipulation.
Concentration of media ownership:
-Doğan Media Group (DMG)
These media outlets which are close to political circles benefit from the financial gains and become tools of partisanship
Although it is stated in Article 28 of the constitution that the press is free and shall not be censored, the judiciary can censor all media outlets under constitutional provisions and loosely interpreted laws, especially on the grounds of “protecting basic characteristics of the Republic” and “safeguarding the indivisible integrity of the State with its territory and nation.”
file:///Users/reynabaker/Downloads/reach_migration_trends_and_patterns_of_syrian_asylum_seekers_in_the_eu_sept_2015_v3.pdf – “Availability of information” : “access to information has had a significant affect on people’s understanding of the current information, their intentions and ultimately their onward movement”. – highly reliant on word of mouth, Reporting is likely to have been affected by issues related to both sensitivity and a lack of knowledge about
routes and locations, particularly once in Europe.
→ challenges of reporting about syrian refugees
→ about difficulty of certain journalists entering syria to report
→ increase in imprisoning journalists in Turkey
→ Turkey is the fifth worst jailer of journalists in 2015
→ peace journalism needed in Turkey