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Doğuş Broadcasting Group declared last week that NTV Tarih had been terminated, leading the staff to announce that they would publish the July issue online.

Doğuş Broadcasting Group declared last week that NTV Tarih had been terminated, leading the staff to announce that they would publish the July issue online.

Vercihan Ziflioğlu Vercihan Ziflioğlu vercihan.ziflioglu@hurriyet.com.tr

Recently folded history magazine NTV Tarih has uploaded its last issue online, one week after its owners disbanded the publication and refused to publish the final edition due to its coverage of the Gezi Park protests.

Doğuş Broadcasting Group declared last week that NTV Tarih had been terminated, leading the staff to announce that they would publish the July issue on the Internet. NTV Tarih’s crew put the magazine online yesterday at the website www.yasarkenyazilantarih.com (History written while it’s lived).

Gürsel Göncü, the chief editor of NTV Tarih, said they had devoted the magazine’s cover to the Gezi Park incidents, but they did not do anything "out of the ordinary" with it.

The magazine’s cover shows an Oriental-style rendition of the now-classic Reuters photo of a police officer gassing “the woman in red.”

“We are a history magazine. We did the same as we had been doing for the past four-and-a-half years,” Göncü told the Hürriyet Daily News. According to Göncü, though NTV Tarih would no longer be published within the Doğuş Group, he and the rest of the crew were determined to publish it with their own resources.

He said NTV Tarih had a circulation of around 35,000, which consisted of readers from different layers but that they intended to reach wider masses. “For now, we have put the unpublished issue on the Internet. We hope to have a new formation in a few months,” the editor said.

Drawing attention to the issue of the growing pressure on journalists, Göncü said they had not abandoned up what they believed to be right. “Journalists have started to cringe; we have not conceded the things we believe are right. Everything has started to be perceived as political in this country. History is being viewed through contemporary and political positions rather than pure history,” said Göncü.


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7/11/2013 11:48:00 PM

@Cilgin Kanarya, first of all i am glad that i have nothing in common with an irritating fenerbahce fan like you and being on the opposite side of the political spectrum is more like a honor for me and if you claim that your views are right than i am glad to be called lost by you. Your view is represented only by a marginal group in the Turkish politics, while the majority thinks differently, you and @ Brit might think different but wait until the next elections, we will meet here. ultrAslan GS

mara mcglothin

7/10/2013 5:53:19 PM

CILGIN So did you attend the big Iftar dinner last night???? Stay safe.

Çılgın Kanarya

7/10/2013 10:38:15 AM

BRİT İN TURKEY, I think that Dutch Turk hasn't even been to this planet, let alone to Turkey! He is truly a lost cause!

Brit in Turkey

7/10/2013 2:11:51 AM

Çılgın: You are on to a lost cause trying to turn Dutch round. Perhaps if he actually visited the land of his fathers then he might, just might, get it.

Çılgın Kanarya

7/9/2013 7:54:44 PM

DUTCH TURK, what do you think of the police throwing gas canisters into subway stations, coffee shops, packed fish markets and people's houses? The police have behaved absolutely disgracefully since the very beginning of the protests, with their indiscriminate use of gas, pressurized 'water' & rubber bullets. Why was there no trouble or damage caused in Kadıköy among the 100,000 Çapulcu on Sunday? No police = No trouble! Can't you see the common denominator? Surely even you can understand this!

Dayna Lewis

7/9/2013 6:47:46 PM

@ DutchTurk believe me if the Turkish government thought they could get away with using bullets to disperse the people they would but they know that would most likely result in civil war so they stick to gas, water cannons and hiring thugs What you don't seem to get is that the protests especially in the beginning and even more so now were peaceful and NOT illegal...the people are obeying the law...it is the people in the ruling party here who are not obeying the law....

american american

7/9/2013 6:22:14 PM

dutch european, come back to turkey, breathe deep, and then say that again.


7/9/2013 5:11:46 PM

NTV used to be my favourite news channel until Gezi Park. I haven't watched it since. BBC recently suspended its partnership with NTV after NTV refused to show the BBC Turkish programme World Agenda, which would have included a report on Gezi Park. Well done to Gürsel Göncü and his team for sticking to their principles, which the NTV clearly lacks.


7/9/2013 4:43:54 PM

"Every picture tells a story don't it?" Regards

Bruce Humes

7/9/2013 3:01:03 PM

Hooray for Hurriyet Daily News! The web site address and link in this column proves that -- yes indeed! -- when the editors want to site a web site and link it, they can. Thus the question: why don't they do so more often? How many times have I read about a Turkish film festival, etc., which does NOT provide the web site address or a link? It's the 21st century, Comrades!
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