Pro-gov’t Hürriyet fires its ombudsman for criticizing daily’s reporting

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

Pro-government Hürriyet daily ombudsman Faruk Bildirici was fired on Sunday by management after he refused to stop criticizing the newspaper’s mistakes in reporting and instead writing general media criticism, the Diken news website reported.

He had been working for Hürriyet since 1992, serving as the paper’s ombudsman for the last nine years.

After Hürriyet was sold to the pro-government Demirören business family in 2017, many veteran journalists quit or were fired.

In February the daily’s Washington correspondent Cansu Çamlıbel and the Hürriyet Daily News’ news coordinator Emre Kızılkaya resigned.

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