Milliyet (Turkish for "nationality") is a major Turkish daily
newspaper published in Istanbul, Turkey.
1 History and profile
2 Editorial line
3 Digital archives
4 Notable people
5 See also
7 External links
History and profile
Milliyet came to publishing life at the Nuri Akça press in Babıali,
Istanbul as a daily private newspaper on 3 May 1950. Its owner was Ali
Naci Karacan. After his death in 1955 the paper was published by his
son, Encüment Karacan.
For a number of years the person who made his mark on the paper as the
editor in chief was Abdi İpekçi. İpekçi managed to raise the
standards of the Turkish press by introducing his journalistic
criteria. On 1 February 1979, İpekçi was murdered by Mehmet Ali
Ağca, who would later attempt to assassinate the Pope John Paul II.
Milliyet is published in broadsheet format.
Milliyet had a circulation of 337,000 copies. According to
comScore, Milliyet's website is the fifth most visited news website in
In 1979 the founding Karacan family sold the paper to Aydın Doğan.
Erdoğan Demirören, who owned 25% of the paper, later also sold his
stake to Doğan. In October 1998 the paper was briefly sold to
Korkmaz Yiğit, being bought back within weeks when Yiğit's business
empire collapsed in the face of unrelated fraud allegations.
The paper was purchased by a joint venture of the
Demirören Group and
Karacan Group in May 2011, but after legal and financial issues
Karacan sold its stake to Demirören in February 2012.
Milliyet has abandoned its stable, "upmarket" journalism
Abdi İpekçi for a middle-market editorial line akin
to that of Hürriyet. Internet edition of
Milliyet often incorporates
sensational material from The Sun and
Daily Mail and there is
tremendous amount of overlap among the daily coverage, such as
identical articles and photographs.
Milliyet has been criticised for having self-censored a column that
was critical of the Prime Minister's reaction to a press leak. The
column was frozen out for two weeks and then blanket-refused for
In early 2012
Ece Temelkuran after she had written
articles critical of the government's handling of the December 2011
Uludere massacre, and
Nuray Mert after Turkish Prime Minister
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan publicly criticized her.
Milliyet fired two columnists
Hasan Cemal and Can Dündar,
who had taken critical stances against the AKP government.
On September 2009,
Milliyet opened its digital archive becoming the
first Turkish newspaper to do so.
Mehmet Ali Birand
İsmail Cem İpekçi
List of newspapers in Turkey
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19 January 2012
^ Today's Zaman, 29 April 2011, Competition body approves sale of
Milliyet, Vatan dailies for $74 mln Archived 13 December 2013 at the
^ Hurriyet Daily News, 4 November 1998, October: Crisis with Damascus
defused after Ocalan leaves Syria; the rise and fall of Korkmaz Yigit
^ Dogan News Agency, 4 May 2011,
Milliyet and Vatan papers sold to DK
^ Hurriyet Daily News, 9 February 2012, Karacan Group execs arrested
in media probe
Special Kind Of Awful – The State Of The Turkish Media".
Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and Silk Road Studies Program.
Archived from the original on 21 November 2013. Retrieved 2 June
^ Peter Preston (24 March 2013). "Turkey's voting for censors". The
Observer. London. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
^ Al Akhbar, 6 January 2012, Firing Turkey’s Ece Temelkuran: The
Price of Speaking Out
^ "Turks sense dawn of new era of power and confidence". BBC news. 21
November 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
^ "Turkish PM targets Economist magazine, journalist Nuray Mert".
Hurriyet Daily News. 3 June 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
^ Dexter Filkins (9 March 2012). "Turkey's Jailed Journalists". The
New Yorker. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
Can Dündar dismissed from daily
Milliyet for critical Gezi
Hürriyet Daily News. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 2 August
Milliyet Archive". Milliyet.
Official website (in Turkish)
Milliyet news (in Turkish)
Milliyet's digital archive (in Turkish)
Salih Sarıkaya (17 October 2014). "Turkish Journalist Can Dündar
fired for writing columns that might 'disturb' the prime minister from
Milliyet Newspaper in Turkey". Archived from the original on 21