These media sources are moderately to strongly biased toward conservative causes through story selection and/or political affiliation. They may utilize strong loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes), publish misleading reports and omit reporting of information that may damage conservative causes. Some sources in this category may be untrustworthy. See all Right Bias sources.
- Overall, we rate Hurriyet Right Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that frequently favor the right-leaning government. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to poor sourcing and the promotion of pro-government propaganda.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: Turkey 154/180 (2020)
Founded in 1948 by Sedat Simavi, Hurriyet is a Turkish daily newspaper based in Istanbul, Turkey. Hurriyet focuses on domestic and international coverage such as news, politics, sports, business, entertainment, art, and commentary. Hurriyet publishes an English-language edition known as The Hurriyet Daily News. In 1994, Hurriyet was bought by Aydin Dogan the owner of the Dogan Media Group. In September 2009, Doğan Group was fined US$2.5 billion. In March 2018, the Demirören Group acquired Doğan Group including Hurriyet for $916 million. Hürriyet Gazetecilik ve Matbaacılık A.Ş is the current publisher, the executive board member & chief executive officer is Mehmet Soysal and Vahap Munyar is the editor-in-chief.
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Funded by / Ownership
Currently, Hurriyet is owned by pro-Erdogan Demiroren Holding. Yıldırım Demirören owns part of Demirören Group which is focused on liquid gas distribution. Demirören Group, in addition to Hurriyet and Hurriyet Daily News, owns other media outlets including Milliyet, Posta, Fanatik daily, CNN Turk, Kanal D TV channels, Uzmanpara, Dogan News Agency, and Yaysat. Hurriyet’s revenue is derived from subscriptions and advertising. Their financial report can be found here and financial statements here.
Analysis / Bias
In 2019 Reporters Without Borders ranked Turkey 154th in their Press Freedom Index, due to “The witch-hunt waged by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government”. The current president and former prime minister of Turkey is Recep Tayyip Erdogan who describes himself as a conservative democrat.
The media in Turkey is currently separated into two groups. Pro-government media is called the “pool media” and the other is called the opposition media. Hurriyet is considered to be in the pool media after it was sold to Demiroren Group, which has a close relation to the right-leaning AKP party and President Erdogan.
In review, Hurriyet publishes articles with emotionally loaded language and incorporates sensational headlines from British tabloids such as “Kardeş kıskançlığı”. Hurriyet’s columnists regularly publish articles that are critical of the opposition such as “Babacan siyasetçi mi teknokrat mı?.” When it comes to national news, Hurriyet publishes in favor of the government “Bakan Varank Kovid-19’a karşı verilen ‘yerli’ mücadeleyi anlattı”. Hurriyet is often poorly sourced by hyperlinking to themselves or using false hyperlinks which ends up on their homepage, such as in this article where they hyperlinked the word “haber” that when clicked ends up on their home page. When covering world news, pertaining to the USA, they cover the Trump administration with a positive tone such as in this article “Trump: Çok tuhaf şeyler oluyor”. In general, this is a tabloid-style paper that promotes pro-government propaganda.
Failed Fact Checks
Overall, we rate Hurriyet Right Biased based on story selection and editorial positions that frequently favor the right-leaning government. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to poor sourcing and the promotion of pro-government propaganda. (M. Huitsing 5/7/2020)
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