The Turkish media’s silence about the Paradise Papers is not a shock to a Turkish audience. Turkey has been ruled under a state of emergency since the aftermath of the failed July 15, 2016 coup. Thousands have been jailed and tens of thousands have lots their jobs under sweeping judicial powers.
But even before the coup attempt, Turkish media were already suffering from censorship and self-censorship, and many journalists of the critical were fired from their jobs.
I was only one of them. I was fired from the Milliyet daily – owned by the Doğan media group – after I reported on a military operation in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast in 2015.
After the 2016 coup attempt, around 180 critical news outlets were shut down by decree. Thousands of journalists lost their jobs overnight. The digital archives of some news outlets were destroyed. Critical journalists and others who worked