The Ideological Convergence of Civil Society Organizations and Newspapers in Turkey

  • Sema AkbogaEmail author
  • Engin Arik
Original Paper


This study investigates the extent to which newspapers are polarized in representing civil society organizations in Turkey. In examining the news in 15 printed newspapers and 2 online newspapers in 2017, we found that (1) 1499 associations and 499 foundations were mentioned but not equally distributed across the newspapers, (2) Turkish newspapers’ coverage of associations/foundations was affected by the type of association/foundation (religious/conservative vs. secular) and newspaper (pro-government vs. anti-government), (3) when news about an association/foundation appeared in pro-government newspapers, it did not appear in anti-government newspapers, and vice versa, and (4) secular associations/foundations were covered more often by anti-government newspapers than by pro-government newspapers. We therefore argue that in countries such as Turkey, where civil society organizations have historically been closely allied with state or political ideologies, newspapers’ political stances affect the media coverage of civil society organizations.


Newspapers Civil society organizations Turkey Polarization 


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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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  1. 1.Department of Political Science and Public AdministrationIstanbul Medipol UniversityİstanbulTurkey
  2. 2.TÖMER General DirectorateAnkara UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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