Foreign Policy Reporter, Zaman Daily, Turkey
Country of Origin: 
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Date of Fellowship: 
Michaelmas and Hilary terms, 2015/16
Research Paper Title: 
“Confiscation” of Media and New Ways to Control the Press in Turkey

Servet Yanatma is senior foreign policy reporter of Zaman daily, based in Ankara. He began his career as a journalist with Cihan News Agency in 2003 in Istanbul. He worked as the deputy foreign news editor at Zaman daily from 2006 to 2007. In 2007, Servet moved to Ankara to cover Turkish foreign policy for Zaman daily. His job description includes, but is not limited to, writing investigative and enterprise stories on Turkey and the region and following routine developments in his field. He also writes news analysis, commentary, and op-eds on foreign policy. He has conducted interviews with presidents, premiers, and heads of international organisations. Apart from following international summits such as the United Nations and NATO, Servet has covered regional crisis such as Syria, Libya and Ukraine.  

In 2011, Servet participated in the New Media, New Challenges: Turkish - Armenian - American Journalist Exchange Program with the fellowship of the US State Department and he worked as visiting journalist at Durango Herald for a month. He was invited to The Impact of Digital Freedom, Social Media and Citizen Journalism on Cross-Cultural Relations by The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Forum (Doha, 2011). He also attended the European Union Journalism Education programs in Brussels. Servet taught at The Turkish Local Media on the EU Path Conferences organized by the Turkish Ministry of EU Affairs and the British Embassy in Ankara. He also served as the member of Governing Board of Diplomatic Correspondents Association (2013-2015).

Servet holds a BA and MA in history from the Bogazici University in Istanbul. In 2015, he completed his PhD program in Middle East Technical University with the title of The International News Agencies in the Ottoman Empire, 1854-1908. Servet has also published academic articles on the history of Turkish press and Ottoman social life.  

Research Paper Title: 
“Confiscation” of Media and New Ways to Control the Press in Turkey

This research project aims to investigate the media crackdown in Turkey in the last decade. After examining how the AKP government has controlled most of the media outlets in Turkey by a kind of confiscation and using other state agencies, it  will describe how it has created its own media regime in a country which is a candidate for EU accession and is largely free-market economy.  The relationship between the media owners and government; and how these media outlets have been sponsored by the state banks and advertisements of governmental bodies will be examined in this vein. Besides them, the censorship practices, direct intervention of government to control the content of media, and self-censorship of frightened reporters will be told as well. As a result, the paper will explain how Erdogan designed and created its unique media regime in an increasingly authoritarian drift.

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