Pro-gov’t conglomerate fires journalist over posters of jailed reporters

Turkish media conglomerate Demirören Group has fired Timur Soykan, news director at the Posta newspaper, for putting up posters calling for the release of recently jailed reporters, news site Bianet said on Friday.

“None of us are free when journalists are imprisoned,” posters Soykan put up read, accompanied by photos of journalists who were arrested for covering the funeral of a high-ranking Turkish intelligence officer, Bianet said.

Soykan had been leading unionisation efforts in the newspaper, it said.

The news director is currently in a legal dispute over his unpaid wages with the Demirören Group, which has close ties to Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), press union Basın-İş announced on Twitter.



The Demirören Group, adding to its extensive investment in the real estate and energy sectors, purchased several media assets from Turkish media tycoon Aydın Doğan in 2017.

Following the acquisition of Hürriyet, one of the biggest newspapers in Turkey, Demirören laid off without compensation 400 staff members, including several high-profile journalists, over the course of two years.