May 10 2018

CNNTurk has parted ways with journalist İsmail Saymaz

Turkey’s mainstream news channel CNNTürk decided to end the journalist İsmail Saymaz’s job as a commentator in its prime-time program Gece Görüşü, T24 news site reported.

CNNTürk belongs to the Doğan Media Group, which was sold to a pro-government conglomerate, Demirören Holding in March, which brough the proportion of media companies affiliated to the government to a staggering 90 percent.

Saymaz, is a well-known investigative journalist in Turkey and has won various awards. 

According to local media, another journalist Nevzat Çiçek, who comes from the Islamist tradition is also cut from the same program. Çiçek is not known as opposition journalist, rather known by his mildly critical tone of the government in rare instances.

T24 added that, while İsmail Saymaz will keep on working at Hürriyet newspaper belonging to the same group, his online commentary videos in the newspapers web-site have also been ended due to his opposition against the Turkish government. 

The list of casualties at Dogan Media group continues to grow after the group was purchased Demiroren family. 

Earlier in the week, Hakan Çelik, another high-profile journalist has found himself out of a job.

In April, Ahmet Hakan was removed  from his presenting role on Kanal D, which Demirören is reportedly planning to downsize and staff with journalists from the pro-government channel Show TV.

Former CNN Türk general director Erdoğan Aktaş lost his job in May, to be replaced by pro-government academic and commentator Bora Bayraktar.