|Type||Daily up-market newspaper|
|Founder(s)||Yunus Nadi Abalıoğlu|
|Founded||7 May 1924|
|Headquarters||Şişli, Istanbul, Turkey|
|Circulation||51.281 daily (as of period 9 – 15 December 2013)|
Established on 7 May 1924 by journalist Yunus Nadi Abalıoğlu, a confidant of the Turkish Republic's founder Atatürk, the newspaper has subscribed to a staunchly secular, republic course. In the past closely affiliated with the Kemalist Republican People's Party (CHP), the center-left newspaper turned to a more independent course over time, while still advocating democracy, social liberal values and free markets.
Since the AKP's rise to power, Cumhuriyet has been particularly renowned for its impartial, occasionally courageous journalism. In 2015 it was awarded the Freedom of Press Prize by international NGO Reporters Without Borders for making a stand against the government's mounting pressure. Shortly thereafter, Cumhuriyet's editor-in-chief Can Dündar and the newspaper's Ankara representative Erdem Gül were arrested facing sentences up to life imprisonment. During the last decade, the newspaper's staff has also been physically attacked, with the 2008 molotov attack against Cumhuriyet's headquarters in Istanbul's Şişli district being particularly significant.
The circulation figure is around 58,000 copies as of 2005. On 7 May 1998 the newspaper went on internet version.
Following the death of Yunus Nadi on 28 March 1945 in Geneva, Switzerland, Cumhuriyet was owned by his eldest son Nadir Nadi until his death on 20 August 1991. Nadir Nadi's wife Berin then published the newspaper. Cumhuriyet is owned by the Cumhuriyet Foundation since the death of Berin Nadi on 5 November 2001. One of its publishers was the renowned political columnist İlhan Selçuk, who was also chairman of the board of trustees until he died in 2010.
During the Gulf War Cumhuriyet suffered a collapse in advertising revenue, and following an unrelated dispute over editorial policy, nearly 40 journalists and commentators walked out in November 1991: "Circulation fell by half, and it was saved only by an extraordinary campaign by readers to buy extra copies and even pay money into a special account." Hasan Cemal, chief editor since 1981, resigned in January 1992 over the dispute: "I tried to widen the spectrum, to keep the balance. But they (old-guard intellectuals) always resisted, calling us plotters, tools of big business and the United States".
In January 2015, the newspaper reprinted cartoons from Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine which had depicted the Islamic prophet Muhammad and been subject to a terror attack. As a result, Cumhuriyet received threats and was placed under police protection.
MİT trucks scandal
Following the appointment of new editor-in-chief Can Dündar, the newspaper on 29 May 2015 released detailed footage depicting trucks of Turkish National Intelligence Organization carrying weapons to rebels in neighboring Syria, subject of the 2014 MİT trucks scandal. While the government faced calls to resign, an investigation began into Cumhuriyet for releasing the footage. Turkish President Erdoğan publicly targeted Dündar, stating: "I suppose the person who wrote this as an exclusive report will pay a heavy price for this."
In spite of the threats, on June 11 Cumhuriyet published further material, including photos and videos confirming that MİT trucks transported both weapons and militants between Turkey and various locations in neighboring Syria. In November, the newspaper was awarded the 2015 Reporters Without Borders Prize for its "independent and courageous journalism." Shortly thereafter, editor-in-chief Dündar and Ankara bureau chief Erdem Gül were arrested on charges of being members of a terror organization, espionage and revealing confidential documents, facing sentences up to life imprisonment.
Notable contributors (past and present)
- İbrahim Yıldız (Cumhuriyet'ten Okurlara)
- Cüneyt Arcayürek (Güncel)
- Mustafa Balbay (Gündem)
- Oktay Akbal (Evet/Hayır)
- Emre Kongar (Aydınlanma)
- Hikmet Çetinkaya (Politika Günlüğü)
- Orhan Erinç (Geçmişten Geleceğe)
- Erdal Atabek (2000'li Yıllarda)
- Erol Manisalı (Bıçak Sırtı)
- Özgen Acar (Kavşak)
- Orhan Birgit (Düz Yazı)
- Ümit Zileli (Düz Çizgi)
- Deniz Kavukçuoğlu (Pano)
- Nilgün Cerrahoğlu (Sağnak)
- Işıl Özgentürk (Al Gözüm Seyreyle)
- Ataol Behramoğlu (Cumartesi Yazıları)
- Sunay Akın (Kule Cambazı)
- Işık Kansu (Ankara Kulisi)
- Hilmi Develi (Satır Arası)
- Bedri Baykam (Görüş)
- Leyla Tavşanoğlu (Pazar Söyleşileri)
- Süheyl Batum (Sözden Yazıya)
- Burhan Arpad (Hesaplaşma 1979-1991)
- Ali Sirmen (Dünyada Bugün)
- Güray Öz (Avrupa)
- Hüseyin Baş (Değişen Dünyadan)
- Mümtaz Soysal (Açı)
- Özgür Mumcu
- Aydın Engin
- Can Dündar
- Şükran Soner (İşçi Evreninden)
- Öztin Akgüç (Yorum)
- Ergin Yıldızoğlu (Dünya Ekonomisine Bakış)
- Erinç Yeldan (Ekonomi Politik)
- Türkel Minibaş (Göz Ucuyla)
- Özlem Yüzak (Bilgi Toplumuna Doğru)
- Yakup Kepenek (Ankara Pazarı)
- Yahya Arıkan (Yaşamda Mali Çözüm)
- Mustafa Pamukoğlu (Maliye Tarafından)
- Orhan Bursalı (Perşembe)
- Mehmet Sucu (Enternet)
- Mehmet Faraç (Med - Cezir)
- Selmi Andak (Sanata Bakış)
- Zeynep Oral (Esintiler)
- Turgay Fişekçi (Defne Gölgesi)
- Ahmet Cemal (Odak Noktası)
- Adnan Binyazar (Ayna)
- Vecdi Sayar (Kedi Gözü)
- Arif Kızılyalın (Spor Yorumu)
- Adnan Dinçer (Görüş)
- Ahmet Kurt (Basket Yorum)
- Halit Deringör (Görüş)
Supplements of the newspaper:
- Strateji (Strategy), Mondays
- Kitap (Book), Thursdays
- Bilim Teknoloji (Science and Technology), Fridays
- Hafta Sonu (Weekend), Saturdays
- Pazar (Sunday), Sundays
- Gezi (Travel), every other Wednesday
- Tarım (Agriculture), once a month
- Yerel Yönetimler (Local Governments)
- 09.12.2013 - 15.12.2013 Haftası Tiraj Tablosu MedyaTava
- Hugh Pope, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 1992, Media: It's News Vs. Nudes in the Turkish Press: The glitzy Sabah daily and the respected Cumhuriyet reflect clashing cultures at a continental crossroads
- "Hasan Cemal Biyografisi". Sondakika (in Turkish). Retrieved 24 May 2013.
- Mastermind behind Cumhuriyet attack under arrest, Today's Zaman, 1 April 2008
- Mustafa Köker (22 April 2010). "Cumhuriyet’le gelen ‘değişim’". Retrieved 30 November 2015.
- Josh Levs et al (14 February 2015) Turkey bans Charlie Hebdo cover, newspaper gets death threats CNN
- "Turkish daily faces terrorism probe after publishing alleged photos of arms on MİT trucks". 29 May 2015. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
- "Erdoğan's lawyer demands aggravated life sentence for Turkish journalist over news story". Hürriyet Daily News. 2 June 2015. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
- "Turkey denies report of sending weapons, fighters to ISIL". 11 June 2015. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
- "Cumhuriyet newspaper wins journalism prize from Reporters Without Borders". Today's Zaman. 18 November 2015. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
- "Cumhuriyet daily’s Dündar, Gül arrested over report on Syria arms transfer". Zaman. 2015-11-26. Retrieved 2015-11-27.