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Resisting and Reversing Western Media Imperialism?: Turkey’s Global Communication Outlets | Annenberg School for Communication

March 31 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Since the 2010s, Turkey’s ruling AKP government has vastly expanded its global communication apparatus to promote the country as a rising great power and the benevolent guardian of Muslims. In this presentation, Bilge Yesil will analyze the political mechanisms and ideational frameworks that underlie the new English-language outlets the AKP and its proxies developed after the Gezi Park protests of 2013 — an event they interpreted as a Western ploy to overthrow the Erdogan government. In the post-Gezi period, critical coverage of Erdogan soared in international news media and the AKP sought to rebuff them via newly-established print, broadcast and digital outlets. Drawing on an analysis of official statements and government documents as well as interviews with media professionals that work/ed at state-run and pro-AKP news media, Yesil argues that the Erdogan government views the global communication landscape as yet another battlefield in the ostensible conflict they posit between East and West, and Western journalists as emissaries of imperialism. With all this in mind, Yesil explores how the AKP conceptualizes its global communication machinery as a counter-hegemonic force and discuss the implications of the type of journalism its proxies perform.



March 31
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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