Evaluating Turkish Media Coverage of Results for the November 2015 Elections


It is obviously seen that the Turkish general election of November 2015 will be a political phenomenon for the Turkish Political History to be discussed and studied in coming years. One of the most important factor that makes the November election important is that it is the result of a snap election period which is assumed as the repetition of the election in June. The second factor that makes the election in November important in terms of Turkish political history is the result of the election itself. Even though there were just four months between the elections, the results became significantly different. In the election of June 2015, Justice and Development Party lost its 12 yearlong majority and power but after 4 months in November with the early general election AKP succeeded to gain its power and majority in the Turkish Grand National Assembly. The historic change between these two elections were highly discussed by the public. In this study, the editorial and broadcasting policies of Turkish media during and after the twoelections were analyzed. Within the scope of the study, the Turkish newspapers “Cumhuriyet, Yeni Şafak and Hürriyet” which have different political ideology were examined. The news which were published in the first pages of the chosen newspapers were examined by content analysis method and the news headings and spots were analyzed within the context of Turkish political history.

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Muhammet Erbay, Selcuk University, Turkey
Suleyman Hakan Yilmaz, Selcuk University, Turkey
M. Mert Aslan, Selcuk University, Turkey

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Conference: EuroMedia2016
Stream: Political Communication and Satire

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