English daily editor-in-chief resigns amid media shakedown

The chief editor of the English language news site for the former Doğan Media Group newspaper Hürriyet, sold to a pro-government business group in March, is stepping down, Turkish Medyaradar news site reported.

The resignation of Hürriyet Daily News’ (HDN) Murat Yetkin, who wrote for both HDN and Turkish Hürriyet, arrives amid an ongoing media shakedown following the sale of the Doğan Media Group to the Demirören family, known for its close ties to Turkey’s leading Justice and Development Party (AKP).  

HDN managing editor Gökçe Aytulu, who previously worked for Radikal newspaper, has been appointed the english daily’s new editor-in-chief, the site said.

Hürriyet editor-in-chief Vahap Munyar, in an email on Tuesday to HDN staff, announced Aytulu would be stepping in as of Oct.1 while stressing it was Yetkin’s own decision to resign.

Yetkin took to Twitter to announce his decision.

HDN, founded in 1961, is the oldest English-language daily in Turkey.

The sale of the Doğan Media Group, Turkey’s biggest private media organisation, to the pro-AKP Demirören family was seen as the last nail in the coffin of free Turkish media.