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JOURNALISM IN TURKEY:

PRACTICES, CHALLENGES, OPPORTUNITIES

Edited By Devrim İnce and Yurdagül Bezirgan Arar

Journalism in Turkey has an ambivalent characteristic. On the one hand, the social demand for genuine journalism has increased, and on the other hand, news has turned into a tool within the polluted political polarization atmosphere.
In the age of fake news and post-truth, practices of journalism in Turkey both contain significantly striking examples of how media professionals overcome the barriers and also give some clues about the changing nature of journalism. The book examines the deep crisis mainstream media experience in Turkey. New-born media institutions, alternatives, their start-up strategies, and transformation of journalism field are scrutinized by qualitative and quantitative methods. The book aims to present a current picture of journalism in Turkey by underlining both historical continuities and breaks from the tradition.
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Fact-Checking Services in Turkey: The Case of Teyit.org and Doğrulukpayi.com (Nalan Ova & Seyfi KILIÇ)

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Nalan Ova & Seyfi KILIÇ

Fact-Checking Services in Turkey: The Case of Teyit.org and Doğrulukpayi.com

Introduction

The recently frequent fake news is a new yet increasingly visible concept which forces it be evaluated within the context of social, political, economic, and cultural space. The environment of crisis of the capitalist and neoliberal economy policies polarized the political field particularly since the 2000’s. The divide in the political field within the pivot of charismatic leader/public, minority/majority, democratic/non-democratic, right/left makes this polarization even more visible. Again, starting in the 2000’s, speed and transformations which occurred in internet technology made information more accessible, and also took its increasing economic value in the market – its production, distribution and circulation – to a new level. Increasing debate in the recent years on the concept of fake news also points to the discussion around the post-truth era, where belief in reality is less and less important in the public field, and personal emotions and ideas gain significance instead. Political economy of the digital field, increasingly visible polarization in the political structure, and the concept of fake news, which needs to be evaluated in accordance with the discussions of the changing nature of reality in the post-truth era, also signify a change in the news which consists of fact-based texts, and journalism ethic itself in the liberal tendency of unbiased and objective presentation of facts and events since the start of the 20th century.

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