First issue, dated 1 May 1948.
|Format||Berliner (Broadsheet prior to 15 October 2012)|
|Circulation||319,273 (08 January 2018 - 14 January 2018)|
Hürriyet (Turkish pronunciation: [hy?:i'jet], Liberty) 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.Hürriyets editorial line may be considered middle-market, combining entertainment value with comprehensive news coverage and a strong cadre of columnists.
Hürriyet has regional offices in Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Adana, Antalya and Trabzon, as well as a news network comprising 52 offices and 600 reporters in Turkey and abroad, all affiliated with Do?an News Agency, which primarily serves newspapers and television channels that are under the management of Do?an Media Group (Do?an Yay?n Holding). Hürriyet is printed in six cities in Turkey and in Frankfurt, Germany. As of January 2017 , according to Alexa, its website was the tenth most visited in Turkey, the second most visited of a newspaper and the fourth most visited news website. On 21 March 2018, Do?an Yay?n Holding, the parent company of Hürriyet, was sold to Demirören Holding for $1.2 billion.
In February 2009, the newspaper received a 826.2 million TL (US$523 million) fine for tax evasion by Do?an Group/Petrol Ofisi. Following this, the Istanbul Stock Exchange suspended Do?an Holding's shares, and Fitch downgraded Hürriyet to 'BB-'.
Executives at the Do?an Group expressed the opinion that the tax fine was politically motivated "intimidation", caused by Hürriyet's linking of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an and his political party, AKP, to a charity scandal in Germany. In March 2009, Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, expressed public concern about the fine, saying that it threatened "pluralism and freedom of the press."
The September fine caused further expressions of public concern from the European Commission, as well as the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. It also caused some critics and global investors to compare the fines to then-Russian President Vladimir Putin's use of tax-evasion charges to bankrupt oil company Yukos for allegedly political reasons. In an interview, Erdo?an denied this charge, calling it "very ugly" and "disrespectful" to both himself and Putin.
I am no great fan of Hürriyet as a newspaper. I believe it abuses the considerable authority it wields.
...Türkiye'nin en etkili gazetesi...