POLITICS > Turkish journalist Ilıcak fired after calling on ministers to resign


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Well-known Turkish journalist Nazlı Ilıcak was fired from the daily Sabah Dec. 18 after criticizing ministers whose sons are involved in an ongoing corruption investigation.
Ilıcak, speaking to daily Hürriyet, said Sabah’s administration cited a “clash of ideas” as justification for the move. In previous years she had expressed support for the government in a number of areas.

While earlier appearing on a CNN Türk news program Dec. 17, Ilıcak said the ministers whose sons had been detained as part of the fraud and bribery operation should resign.

There are three members of the Cabinet whose sons are among those detainees; Interior Minister Muammer Güler, Environment and Urban Planning Minister Erdoğan Bayraktar and Economy Minister Zafer Çağlayan. The suspects are, respectively, Barış Güler, Abdullah Oğuz Bayraktar and Kaan Çağlayan.


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turkic voice

12/19/2013 11:44:34 PM

as a journalist you are not to take sides if your a professional your opinion is not needed, the opinions are given by us people the readers your only a writer of facts. she should own up to this error and return to her job never to make the same error again asking for a resignation is over stepping the line in her profession.

alkan alkan

12/19/2013 7:12:01 PM

Nazlı, you are wise after the event. It is too late now


12/19/2013 6:44:27 PM

I still read Sabah just to agrevate myself! It is most amazing how some of these highy seasoned and decorated opinion writers are now all up in arms about police cracking on crime and theft! They are not the least concerned about the actual crimes but more concerned about who is behind this, not why and how this was allowed to happen. It is a lesson really how a soul can be sold so cheaply. Reminds me of what we read about some Istanbul press under occupation.

Halil Ibrahim

12/19/2013 6:33:13 PM

This is why freedom of the press and libel laws are so critical for a functioning democracy, she should have the right to counter sue. The "Sabah" leaders should face civil penalties and the charge of obstructing free speech. You see democracy is not really about votes, it's about checks and balances.


12/19/2013 3:19:34 PM

She was actually fired for making up stories. Look at the English language Sabah website. There is nothing on this corruption story, it doesn't exist, it hasn't happened. Everything is great and the AKP will take the Earth into the universe with integrity, honour and peace. I forget who owns Sabah, but they must be honest and trustworthy sources of information.

mara mcglothin

12/19/2013 2:59:44 PM

Another one bites the dust! Godspeed to her. Perhaps we should all request the C Amanpour arrive to bring us the news live from Turkey??? RTE would just love that.

Dayna Lewis

12/19/2013 1:39:33 PM

@Brian Irlanda '' No fair minded person, secular or conservative could in all conscience continue to vote for this filth.'' Although I do share your opinion unfortunately AKP is potraying itself as a victim and making all efforts to see that the truth, at least, will be seen in a distorted manner therefore they will be able to hang on to quite a few of their voters :-(

Brit in Turkey

12/19/2013 12:51:35 PM

Sad, but I think she may have another problem - she looks intelligent.

Brian Irlanda

12/19/2013 11:27:58 AM

Hurriyet is one of the few independent media outlets still surviving in Turkey. @Michael Johnson, you are right. They have no courage, they are cowards and are just as guilty as the mobsters they are protecting. But it is ok. In the public eye everything is going downhill for this organisation. No fair minded person, secular or conservative could in all conscience continue to vote for this filth.

Michael Johnson

12/19/2013 8:05:52 AM

Sabah must have some really gutless minders.
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