ASIA/TURKEY - State advertising agency guarantees advertising shares for minority newspapers

Tuesday, 16 March 2021 middle east   oriental churches   media   religious minorities   ethnic minorities  

Ankara (Agenzia Fides) - The Turkish Agency, which coordinates the distribution of advertising shares among the Turkish media, will in future guarantee the newspapers of the minorities in Turkey a share of the advertising market again.
This emerges from an official statement by the agency after some of these newspapers had feared in recent days the possible exclusion from participating in economic revenues related to the national advertising market. As Agos, an Istanbul-based newspaper that appears in Armenian and Turkish, reported after the agency's last general meeting on February 17, the newspapers of the minority groups are to receive an advertising market share of at least 350,000 Turkish lira (around 40 thousand euros). The criteria for the allocation of this sum to the press organs of the minorities living in the country still refer to the provisions for the protection of ethnic and religious minorities on Turkish territory, which emerged in 1923 from Turkey and the powers victorious from the First World War (Great Britain , France and Russia) signed the Lausanne Peace Treaty.
Last year (2020), the Turkish Advertising Agency had not made any decisions regarding the advertising market share to be reserved for newspapers linked to minority groups. (GV) (Agenzia Fides, 16/3/2021)