Hürriyet cancels interview with opposition presidential candidate

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A woman waits near the gate of the Hurriyet newspaper's headquarters at the Dogan media group complex in Istanbul on March 22, 2018. A top Turkish businessman with close ties to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to buy Turkey's largest media holding, a statement said on March 22, raising fears of a new tightening of government control on the press. Dogan Holding said in a statement that talks had begun on the sale of Dogan Media Group to the Demiroren Group of magnate Erdogan Demiroren for around $1 billion (810 million euros). / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE

An interview with Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) presidential candidate Muharrem İnce to be published on Sunday in the Hürriyet newspaper was cancelled at the last minute by the newspaper’s administration, ODA TV reported on Saturday.

Hürriyet, the flagship of the Turkish press, belongs to Doğan Media, which was bought by the pro-government Demirören Group in March.

ODA TV also reported that the executives of the CNN Türk news channel, belonging to the same media group, were unhappy with the channel broadcasting a CHP ceremony on Friday during which the party announced İnce’s candidacy.

The channel did not cover İnce’s first election rally today in Yalova.

(Ahval)

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