Sarphan Uzunoğlu is a lecturer at Kadir Has University and Phd candidate in Galatasaray University Media Studies. He writes for Turkish newspapers including Evrensel, Taraf and Radikal.
Has the rise of new media helped to strengthen democracy in Turkey, where press freedom has long been in a fragile state? Or have the new trends, technologies and channels been co-opted by authorities to use for their own ends, as an updated instrument of the party? Despite the potential of new media, the events following last year’s protests in Turkey do not give us cause for optimism in this regard.Read more