Sabah (newspaper)

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Sabah, amongst other newspapers
TypeDaily newspaper
Format Berliner
Owner(s) Turkuvaz Media Group
Founder(s) Dinç Bilgin
Publisher Kalyon Group
Editor-in-chiefErdal Şafak
Associate editorMetin Yüksel
Founded22 April 1985;33 years ago (1985-04-22)
Political alignmentPro-government
Social conservatism
Right wing
Language Turkish
Headquarters Beşiktaş
City İstanbul
Circulation Green Arrow Up Darker.svg 305.714 [1]
Sister newspapersYeni Asır, Takvim, Fotomaç

Sabah is a Turkish daily newspaper, with a circulation of around 330,000 as of 2011. Its name means "morning" in Turkish.

Turkey Republic in Western Asia

Turkey, officially the Republic of Turkey, is a transcontinental country located mainly in Western Asia, with a smaller portion on the Balkan Peninsula in Southeast Europe. East Thrace, located in Europe, is separated from Anatolia by the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorous strait and the Dardanelles. Turkey is bordered by Greece and Bulgaria to its northwest; Georgia to its northeast; Armenia, the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan and Iran to the east; and Iraq and Syria to the south. Istanbul is the largest city, but more central Ankara is the capital. Approximately 70 to 80 per cent of the country's citizens identify as Turkish. Kurds are the largest minority; the size of the Kurdish population is a subject of dispute with estimates placing the figure at anywhere from 12 to 25 per cent of the population.

Turkish language Turkic language (possibly Altaic)

Turkish, also referred to as Istanbul Turkish, is the most widely spoken of the Turkic languages, with around ten to fifteen million native speakers in Southeast Europe and sixty to sixty-five million native speakers in Western Asia. Outside Turkey, significant smaller groups of speakers exist in Germany, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Northern Cyprus, Greece, the Caucasus, and other parts of Europe and Central Asia. Cyprus has requested that the European Union add Turkish as an official language, even though Turkey is not a member state.


The newspaper was founded in Izmir by Dinç Bilgin on 22 April 1985. [2]

Dinç Bilgin is a Turkish businessman who built up a media empire which was seized by the Turkish government in 2002 over alleged financial irregularities. He founded a number of newspapers including Sabah (1985) and Takvim (1994), and a number of television stations, including ATV (1993). He also founded the now-defunct Ateş and Yeni Yüzyıl in 1995, selling them to Korkmaz Yiğit in 1998.

In 2007, the government of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan seized the newspaper, citing a legal document that had not been disclosed to authorities when Sabah was sold in 2001. Ownership of the newspaper was given to the Savings Deposit Insurance Fund of Turkey. Some of the newspaper's staffers were fired, and the paper was then sold to the Turkuvaz Media Group belonging to Çalık Holding whose CEO, Berat Albayrak, is the son-in-law of Erdoğan and whose chairman, Ahmet Çalık, has been described as a "close associate" of Erdoğan. [3] The $1.1bn sale aroused substantial controversy in Turkey, not least because it was partially financed by $750m of loans from two state banks, VakıfBank and Halkbank, [4] and was sold for the minimum price, with Çalık Holding the sole bidder. [5]

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan 12th President of Turkey from 2014

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is a Turkish politician serving as the 12th and current President of Turkey since 2014. He previously served as Prime Minister from 2003 to 2014 and as Mayor of Istanbul from 1994 to 1998. He founded the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in 2001, leading it to general election victories in 2002, 2007 and 2011 before standing down upon his election as President in 2014. Coming from an Islamist political background and as a self-described conservative democrat, he has promoted socially conservative and liberal economic policies in his administration.

Savings Deposit Insurance Fund of Turkey

The Savings Deposit Insurance Fund of Turkey, a.k.a. TMSF in abbreviated form, is the governing body concerned with matters of fund management and insurance in the Turkish banking system.

Çalık Holding has been operating in the energy, construction, mining, textile, finance, and telecom sectors since the 1980s. Founder and chairman Ahmet Çalık began his business career in the textile industry, founding Orta Doğu Tekstil in 1981 and Çalık Denim in 1987. During the early-1990s independence of CIS countries, he made his first foreign investments and founded Gap Pazarlama and Gap İnşaat. Group companies were brought together as Çalık Holding in 1997. The umbrella company founded Çalık Enerji in 1998 and Aktif Bank in 1999 to enter the energy and finance sectors.

According to Aslı Aydıntaşbaş, who was Sabah's Ankara bureau chief until the takeover, from then on the newspaper took on "an unwavering pro-government line." [6]

Ankara Metropolitan municipality in Central Anatolia, Turkey

Ankara, historically known as Ancyra and Angora, is the capital of Turkey. With a population of 4,587,558 in the urban center (2014) and 5,150,072 in its province (2015), it is Turkey's second largest city after Istanbul, having outranked İzmir in the 20th century.

The Kalyon Group took over the newspaper in 2013. [7]

Kalyon Group is a Turkish conglomerate, with major interests in construction. In 2013 it was part of a joint venture which won the EUR22bn contract to construct a third international airport in Istanbul. Other contracts include Istanbul's Metrobus system, the construction of a new stadium for İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyesi S.K., and the redevelopment of Taksim Gezi Park to reconstruct the Taksim Military Barracks.

Kalyon Group is the current publisher, while Erdal Şafak is the editor-in-chief. [8]

Sabah has published The New York Times International Weekly on Sundays since 2009. This 8-page supplement features a selection of articles from The New York Times translated into Turkish. The partnership with the New York Times was terminated in 2014 without any formal explanation given.[ citation needed ]

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  2. Gholamali Haddad Adel; Mohammad Jafar Elmi; Hassan Taromi-Rad (31 August 2012). Periodicals of the Muslim World: An Entry from Encyclopaedia of the World of Islam. EWI Press. p. 269. ISBN   978-1-908433-10-7 . Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  3. The Economist, 8 May 2008, Circulation wars
  4. Çalık Holding press release, 22 April 2008, ÇALIK HOLDING ACQUIRES ATV-SABAH
  5. Reuters, 12 January 2008, Turkey eyes reform of media ownership law -paper
  6. Turkey's War on the Press, Asli Aydintasbas, The Wall Street Journal , 18 September 2009
  7. "Turkish media group Sabah-ATV sold to Kalyon group" . Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  8. "Künye". Sabah (in Turkish). Retrieved 15 July 2011.