No Freedom Of Expression When It Targets The Ruling Party
Prof. Aslı Tunç of Bilgi University finds it very ironic that the Doğan Media Group, which has been target of constant criticism for trying to extend to every business field possible, has become the defender of freedom of expression and democracy in the latest polemic with the Prime Minister.
İstanbul - BÄ°A News Center
08 September 2008, Monday
According to Assoc. Prof. Aslı
Tunç, Head of the Media and Communications Systems Department at Bilgi
University, the polemic between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and
president of the Doğan Goup Aydın Doğan about the news appeared in Germany has
shown one more time how important free media is in a democracy.
The cause of the fierce
arguments between the Prime Minister and the Doğan Media Group was the case in Germany against Deniz Feneri (Lighthouse), which
is accused of fraud in collecting donations from the Turks living in Germany for
various disasters. Prime Minister’s name was mentioned by one of the accused
and this was reported by the newspapers of the Doğan Media Group.
Reminding that “it is
obvious that the governments cannot exist in democracies without tolerating
criticism and pluralism”, Tunç told bianet that the most important criterion
for democratic behavior is “the attitude those who have the power show to
Tunç: There is no tradition
of democracy; their tendency for choose suppression is too much
Tunç says that the tendency
to choose suppression especially in dealing with the adverse and opposite
voices is too much in societies where the tradition of democracy is not well
established. She sees the latest developments as an example of how the organic
connection between the ruling powers and the media groups inevitably reaches a
dead-end because of different conflicts of interests.
“It is ironic that after
having been under constant criticism by the media academicians for gathering
too much power and control in various fields of economy, politics and social
life, the Doğan Media Group is now the defender of the freedom of expression
“The latest polemic between
the Prime Minister and a media boss, threatening each other through the media
organs, has reminded us one more time how important democracy is.” (EÖ/EÜ/TB)