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REPRESENTATION OF THE CHANGES IN TURKISH PRESS LAW IN WRITTEN PRESS

Abstract

Author(s): Mehmet Sena KÖSEDA?

Press Law No. 5680, which is considered as the first press law of Turkey, in the contemporary sense, has been amended several times in the historical process. It was adopted by the parliament on 15th July 1950 and entered into force on 24th July and it had been revised 18 times by different governments until 2004. This study aims to reveal the form of representation of the amendments in the Press Law in written press. It was researched how journalists reacted to the legal arrangements since the Press Law first adopted in 1950 till the last change in 2004. In this context, Turkish newspapers; Hurriyet, Milliyet, Aksam and Cumhuriyet’s publishing’s in 1946 – 2014 were examined. It was discussed how these newspapers gave the news of the changes in the Press Law and how they approached to these regulations. In general it has been identified that the newspapers supported the regulations which protects the freedom of the press and criticized the regulations about censorship. However, during the research it has been identified that professional press organizations don’t have any influence on the legal regulations except in a few statements. It has also found that newspapers sometimes revealed contrasting views on legal regulations and revealed mutual accusations.

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