The Emergence of Censorship and its Practice in Turkey Cover Image

Die Entstehung der Zensur und ihre Praxis in der Türkei
The Emergence of Censorship and its Practice in Turkey

Author(s): Özlem Becerık Yoldaş, Yunus Yoldaş
Subject(s): Civil Society, Governance, Politics and society
Published by: Trakya Üniversitesi - İktisadi ve İdari Bilimler Fakültesi
Keywords: Ottoman Empire; Turkey; Censorship; Practice of Censorship; Political System;

Summary/Abstract: The "censorship" as a technique of rule or state intervention in the freedom of communication is commonly practiced by state testing offices or courts. The exchange of ideas and thoughts is prevented by censorship decisions in an open society. Just as in other Western countries, the issue of censorship in Turkey comes even more often into focus of public discourse. Considered from the historical point of view, censorship has a long and interesting tradition, and it seems that the question of censorship will never lose its relevance. Particularly books, which are considered to be as classics of world literature today, were banned in the past because of religious, political or moral concerns. The history of censorship in the Ottoman state is dominated by a permanent shift between intensification and loosening of censorship measures since the 19th century. Within this background, censorship practices in the political system of Turkey and their impact on society will be explained in this study.

  • Issue Year: 7/2016
  • Issue No: 12
  • Page Range: 38-54
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: German