Hurriyet Newspaper Fires Staff, Informs Them by Sending Written Notifications to Their Homes

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Hurriyet, known as the "flagship" of Turkey's largest media group, has fired several journalists.

The daily Hurriyet has fired several journalists, informing them about their dismissals by sending written notifications to their homes.

Eight journalists have lost their jobs according to initial information. The notifications were reportedly dated October 25 and sent upon an "operational decision by the Board of Executives."

The editor-in-chief of the newspaper, Vahap Munyar, and section chiefs were not aware of the dismissals, OdaTV reported, quoting sources from the Hurriyet.

Being founded in 1948, Hurriyet is one of the major newspapers in Turkey. Pro-government DemirAlren Group bought the parent company of Hurriyet, Dogan Media Group, in March 2018, at a time when it was the only large media group in Turkey that can still make critical broadcasting and publishing, though partially.

The shares of the DemirAlren Group, the largest media group in the country since the purchase of the Dogan Media, are entirely owned by the DemirAlren Family who has close ties with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to the Media Ownership Monitor by bianet and Reporters Without Borders (RSF). DemirAlren family is active in sectors such as media, energy, mining and construction.

Source: English Bianet