ZOOM SEMINAR: Discursive Strategies of the "Slanted Media" in the Justification of Turkey's Withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention

  • Date: –16:00
  • Location: Via Zoom
  • Lecturer: İnan Özdemir Taştan, Barbro Klein Fellow, SCAS Independent Scholar, Ankara
  • Website
  • Organiser: Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS)
  • Contact person: Klas Holm
  • Seminarium

İnan Özdemir Taştan, SCAS, gives a seminar on "Discursive Strategies of the "Slanted Media" in the Justification of Turkey's Withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention". The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.

Abstract

A significant part of the national media in Turkey is under the control of the government, either directly or indirectly. These media outlets, known as “pool media” or “slanted media”, appear to be propaganda apparatus that legitimize and defend the government’s policies and determine the boundaries of what can be discussed or talked about. At this point, the TV debates attract particular attention. Political TV debates are supposed to form a kind of “agora” that gathers different segments of society, experts and/or ordinary people to discuss leading issues of the political agenda and thus contribute to the formation of public opinion in modern democracies. However, the TV debates in pro-Government media in Turkey, which make up almost all of the national broadcasts, have turned into highly exclusionary pseudo discussions as the debates could only be conducted within the limits allowed by the government, both in terms of the debate topics and the guests involved. Therefore, these TV debates have become an indicator of the issues that may be subject to discussions and how these discussions can be carried out. In this seminar, I will focus on how President Erdoğan’s decision to withdraw Turkey from the Istanbul Convention was discussed in TV debates. Through my study of the Turkish case, I will discuss the situation of the media in an authoritarian regime on the one hand and the perspective of the male authoritarian governments on women’s rights on the other.

For more information and the Zoom link, please see the enclosed PDF file or http://www.swedishcollegium.se/subfolders/Events.html.

Additional information