Sabah, amongst other newspapers
|Owner(s)||Turkuaz Media Group|
|Associate editor||Metin Yüksel|
|Founded||22 April 1985|
|Headquarters||Beşiktaş, Istanbul, Turkey|
|Sister newspapers||Yeni Asır, Takvim, Fotomaç|
Sabah is a popular Turkish daily newspaper, with a circulation of around 330,000 as of 2011. Its name means "morning" in Turkish language deriving from Arabic. Sabah identifies its policy as defense of democracy, free market and human rights. It has been described as a "major pro-government newspaper".
The newspaper was founded by Dinç Bilgin on 22 April 1985.
In 2007, the government of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan seized the newspaper, citing a legal document that had not been disclosed to authorities when Sabah was sold in 2001. Some of the newspaper's staffers were fired, and the paper was then sold to the Turkuaz Media Group of the company Çalık Holding, whose CEO, Ahmet Çalık, was Erdoğan's son-in-law. According to Asli Aydintasbas, who was Sabah's Ankara bureau chief until the takeover, from then on the newspaper took on "an unwavering pro-government line."
Ahmet Çalık is the current publisher, while Erdal Şafak is the editor-in-chief.
Notable contributors (past and present)
- Engin Ardıç, journalist
- Haşmet Babaoğlu (tr)
- Mehmet Barlas, columnist
- Mehmet Ali Birand (1941-2013), journalist
- Yavuz Donat (tr)
- Nazlı Ilıcak (tr)
- Salih Memecan, cartoonist
- Hıncal Uluç (de), journalist
- Ahmet Vardar (1937-2010), journalist
- Official website (Turkish)
- The newspaper's web site (English)
- Today's Sabah front page at the Newseum website
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