Daily Sabah

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Daily Sabah
Daily Sabah logo.png
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Turkuvaz Media Group
PublisherTurkuvaz Gazete Dergi Basim A.S.
Editor-in-chiefIbrahim Altay
Political alignmentPro-AKP
Right-wing populism
LanguageArabic, English
HeadquartersIstanbul, Turkey

Daily Sabah (lit. "Daily Morning") is a Turkish pro-government daily,[2][3][4][5] published in Turkey. Available in English, Arabic, and owned by Turkuvaz Media Group, Daily Sabah published its first issue on 24 February 2014.[6][7] The editor-in-chief is Ibrahim Altay.

Daily Sabah has been frequently called a propaganda outlet for the Turkish government and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).[2][3][4][5][8] It is owned by a friend of President Erdoğan, and part of his daily routine due to favorable coverages.[9]


Daily Sabah was established in 2014 when a highly antagonistic political climate reigned in Turkish politics. After the conflict, in December 2013, between the Gulen movement, a religious civil society organization with some political aspirations, and the then-ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), the Gulen movement's Today's Zaman turned into an ardent critic of the ruling AKP. In order to balance the critical discourse against the AKP by Today's Zaman and Hürriyet Daily News, a secular critic of the AKP, Daily Sabah emerged as a supportive voice of the AKP in the English language.[10]

Editorial policy and viewpoints[edit]

Daily Sabah describes itself as "committed to the democracy, the rule of law, human rights and liberty".[11] Despite this official description, Daily Sabah is a mouthpiece of the AKP,[8] and more so a cheerleader for Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the current president of Turkey, and an advocate of Islamism.

According to the German newspaper Spiegel Online, Daily Sabah is very critical of the Gulen movement, which the AKP government accuses of trying to overthrow the government in an attempted coup d'état in 2016.[12] Daily Sabah has been described as using transparent and ill-formed, Turkish-style propaganda to advance the AKP government's version of events.[12]


Freedom of expression[edit]

In March 2017, a Dutch member of the European Parliament called Daily Sabah "hate press" and tried to prohibit the distribution of Daily Sabah in parliamentary sessions. The European Parliament has made accusations about the lack of freedom of speech and expression in Turkey, and Daily Sabah defends the AKP government's human rights record. Daily Sabah has said the decision to prohibit its distribution was a violation of the freedoms of the press and expressions. Meanwhile, the EU Affairs Minister for Turkey Ömer Çelik said the following about the issue: "The European Parliament's ban on the freedom of press is a tragic event for the future of Europe."[13][14][15][16][17][18][19]

Notable columnists[edit]


  1. ^ "Tiraj".
  2. ^ a b "The U.S. tried to kill Erdogan, says editor in chief of Turkish daily". The Washington Post. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  3. ^ a b "The other side of the coin in Turkish media". Middle East Eye. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  4. ^ a b "New English daily offers Turkish government perspective". Al-Monitor. 27 February 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  5. ^ a b "How fake news helps AKP propaganda". Al-Monitor. 28 January 2016. Retrieved 18 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Hoş geldin bebek". www.sabah.com.tr. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  7. ^ "Türkiye'yi dünyaya DAILY SABAH anlatacak". www.sabah.com.tr. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Army of Spin". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  9. ^ Erdoğan: Faith and Fury The Black Sea, 16 June 2018. Retrieved 23 December 2018
  10. ^ "New English daily offers Turkish government perspective". Al-Monitor. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  11. ^ "About Us". www.dailysabah.com. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  12. ^ a b Popp, Maximilian (6 January 2014). "TÜRKEI: Die Rache der Brüder". Der Spiegel (in German). Retrieved 2017-04-29.
  13. ^ "European Parliament bans Turkey's Daily Sabah". Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  14. ^ "European Parliament bans distribution of Turkish daily at its building". TRT World. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  15. ^ "European Parliament bans Daily Sabah but does not know exactly why". Daily Sabah. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  16. ^ "'FETO behind ban' on Daily Sabah in European parliament". Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  17. ^ "'FETÖ behind ban' on Daily Sabah in European parliament". Yeni Şafak. Archived from the original on 24 March 2017. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  18. ^ "European Parliament President bans distribution of Daily Sabah at parliament - World News". Hürriyet Daily News. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  19. ^ "European Parliament violated freedom of press with Daily Sabah ban, Turkish Law Platform says". anews. Retrieved 2018-10-03.

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