Özkan with his baby son at the state opening of Parliament on 23 June 2015.
|Member of the Grand National Assembly|
7 June 2015
|Constituency||İzmir (I) (June 2015, Nov 2015)|
|Leader of the New Party|
28 December 2008 –26 June 2011
|Preceded by||Party established|
|Succeeded by||Sumru Tömek|
Ahmet Tuncay Özkan
14 August 1966
|Political party|| Republican People's Party (CHP)|
New Party (2008–2011)
|Alma mater||Gazi University|
|Occupation||Journalist, Writer, Politician|
Ahmet Tuncay Özkan (born 14 August 1966) is a Turkish journalist, writer and politician. He was arrested on September 27, 2008, in relation to the odatv case of the Ergenekon trials,and in August 2013 he was sentenced to aggravated life imprisonment.
The Ergenekon trials were a series of high-profile trials which took place in Turkey in which 275 people, including military officers, journalists and opposition lawmakers, all alleged members of Ergenekon, a suspected secularist clandestine organization, were accused of plotting against the Turkish government. The trials resulted in lengthy prison sentences for the majority of the accused. In the event, those sentences were overturned shortly after.
Tuncay Özkan began his career in journalism in 1981 as a local reporter in Ankara. Three years later, he was hired by Hürün newspaper published by the group Hürriyet . From 1988 to 1993, Tuncay Özkan worked for the kemalist daily Cumhuriyet and then moved to the popular private television channel called Show TV to work as a correspondent in Ankara for their political show Arena. In 1995, he started with another private channel Kanal D where he worked as the general news manager (1996-2002).
Hürriyet is one of the major Turkish newspapers, founded in 1948. As of January 2018, it had the highest circulation of any newspaper in Turkey at around 319,000. Hürriyet has a mainstream, liberal and conservative outlook. Hürriyet's editorial line may be considered middle-market, combining entertainment value with comprehensive news coverage and a strong cadre of columnists.
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In June 2002, he went back to Show TV to work as general news manager. In June 2002, he was appointed as the CEO of Çukurova Media Group , a position he left in December 2003 to create his own television channel called Kanaltürk . On May 13, 2008, he sold this Kanaltürk with all its related side companies to Akın İpek, CEO of Koza Madencilik A.Ş. In September 2008, Tuncay Özkan founded a new television channel called Kanal Biz which was forced to close one year later due to financial difficulties at the time. Tuncay Özkan also worked for many years as a columnist for several Turkish national newspapers ( Radikal , Milliyet and Akşam ).
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As one of the founding fathers of the Cumhuriyet mitingleri (Republican meetings), Tuncay Özkan launched a political civic movement called Biz Kaç Kişiyiz (How many of us is there?) on September 12, 2007. In just seven months, this movement managed to gather over 1.3 million citizens, according to the official website,to protest against the Turkish government controlled by the centre-right conservative Islamist AKP. On June 23, 2008, Tuncay Özkan was elected as the chairman of the kemalist Yeni Parti (New Party) and, following his arrest in September 2008, the party replaced him to this position before merging with another political party named HEPAR.
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