Media conglomerate’s Ankara representative released on appeal

The Ankara representative of Doğan Holding, a conglomerate with a large portfolio of Turkish media assets, has been found innocent after appealing against a prison sentence.

Barbaros Muratoğlu was initially sentenced to five years for aiding the Fethullah Gülen movement, which Turkey now recognises as a terrorist organisation, after signing a contract with a law firm that employed members of the movement.

Muratoğlu spent 196 days in jail while waiting for the legal process to be completed.

Doğan Holding, founded by magnate Aydın Doğan, is one of the biggest players in Turkey’s energy, media, and insurance industries.

In the media sector, it owns newspapers including Hürriyet and Posta, TV channels including Kanal D and CNNTürk, and news agency DHA.