Tuncay Özkan

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Tuncay Özkan

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Özkan with his baby son at the state opening of Parliament on 23 June 2015.
Member of the Grand National Assembly
Assumed office
7 June 2015
Constituency İzmir (I) (June 2015, Nov 2015)
Leader of the New Party
In office
28 December 2008 26 June 2011
Preceded byParty established
Succeeded by Sumru Tömek
Personal details
Ahmet Tuncay Özkan

(1966-08-14) 14 August 1966 (age 52)
Ankara, Turkey
Nationality Turkish
Political party Republican People's Party (CHP)
New Party (2008–2011)
Alma mater Gazi University
OccupationJournalist, Writer, Politician
Website Personal website

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, [1] 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). [2]

<i>Hürriyet</i> Turkish newspaper

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.

Cumhuriyet is the oldest up-market Turkish daily newspaper. Headquartered in Istanbul, the newspaper also has offices in Ankara and İzmir.

Show TV is a nationwide television channel in Turkey owned by Ciner Media Group (since 2013, acquired from Çukurova Media Group after Çukurova was forced to sell due to tax debts. The channel replaces ITU TV's now-defunct frequencies and it was originally established by the Turkish businessmen Erol Aksoy and Haldun Simavi although it were originally launched on March 1, 1991, when it commences its test transmissions. A year later, the channel moved its headquarters to Istanbul, Turkey, and were at the same time starting its official broadcasts. Show TV extended its range of viewers by adding more channels like Show Max and Show Turk to its group.

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 ). [3]

Çukurova Media Group is a Turkish media conglomerate established, part of the Çukurova Holding conglomerate. On 18 May 2013 it transferred a substantial number of its properties to the state TMSF, in partial settlement of a tax debt.

Kanaltürk was a TV channel in Turkey.

Koza İpek Holding is a Turkish conglomerate. It includes the mining companies Koza Altın and Koza Anadolu. Koza Davetiye is a marketing arm for its print business. Media assets include the widely read Bugün newspaper, the smaller Millet daily, and two TV / radio stations, Bugün TV and Kanaltürk TV, the latter one having been bought by the holding in 2008.

Political career

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, [4] 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.

Justice and Development Party (Turkey) conservative political party in Turkey

The Justice and Development Party, abbreviated officially AK Parti in Turkish, is a conservative political party in Turkey. Developed from the conservative tradition of Turkey's Ottoman past and its Islamic identity, the party is the largest in Turkey. Founded in 2001 by members of a number of existing conservative parties, the party has won pluralities in the six most recent legislative elections, those of 2002, 2007, 2011, June 2015, November 2015, and 2018. The party held a majority of seats for 13 years, but lost it in June 2015, only to regain it in the snap election of November 2015 but then lose it again in 2018. Its electoral success has been mirrored in the three local elections held since the party's establishment, coming first in 2004, 2009 and 2014 respectively. The current party leader is Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the incumbent President of Turkey.

Ergenekon Case

Tuncay Özkan has been in prison since September 27, 2008 as an Ergenekon suspect. According to the prosecution, he is a member of the terrorist organization which was allegedly preparing a Turkish secularist military coup against the Turkish government. Tuncay Özkan is currently serving his sentence at the Silivri Prison (80 km outside Istanbul). He has been sharing a cell with the arrested journalist and Turkish MP Mustafa Balbay since October 2012. [5]

Mustafa Balbay Turkish politician, writer and journalist

Mustafa Ali Balbay is a journalist, writer and Turkish MP. As the main political correspondent in Ankara for the left-wing Kemalist daily newspaper Cumhuriyet, he wrote a regular column called Gözlem which he took over from the prominent investigative journalist Ugur Mumcu, who was assassinated in 1993. Balbay was arrested on March 5, 2009 as an Ergenekon suspect in the Odatv case, and in August 2009 he was sentenced to 34 years and eight months.

An appeal to the ECHR was turned down in early 2012. [6]

On 5 August 2013 Özkan was sentenced to aggravated life imprisonment. [7]

He was released on 10 March 2014. [8]



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  1. "Özkan and Çapan have been arrested". Radikal . September 27, 2008. Retrieved October 11, 2012.
  2. tuncayozkan.com, TUNCAY ÖZKAN KİMDİR ? Archived 2013-07-24 at the Wayback Machine
  3. Kimkimdir . Retrieved on October 12, 2012.
  4. Biz Kaç Kişiyiz's official website
  5. Radikal , 4 October 2012, Mustafa Balbay ve Tuncay Özkan Silivri Cezaevi'nde aynı koğuşta kalmaya başladı. Retrieved on October 12, 2012.
  6. 17 February 2012, The ECHR and Özkan’s hand grenade oil lamps
  7. Today's Zaman, 5 August 2013, Long sentences for Ergenekon suspects, life for ex-army chief Archived 2013-08-06 at the Wayback Machine
  8. Sözcü, 10 March 2014, Tuncay Özkan tahliye oldu