Hürriyet Daily News

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Hürriyet Daily News
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Demirören Media Group
EditorGökçe Aytulu
FoundedMarch 1961
Political alignmentCentre-right
Political liberalism
HeadquartersHürriyet Medya Towers, Güneşli, 34212 Istanbul, Turkey

The Hürriyet Daily News, formerly Hürriyet Daily News and Economic Review and Turkish Daily News, is the oldest current English-language daily in Turkey, founded in 1961. The paper was bought by the Doğan Media Group in 2001 and has been under the media group's flagship Hürriyet from 2006; both papers were sold to Demirören Holding in 2018.[1]


Hürriyet Daily News has generally taken a secular and liberal or centre-left position on most political issues, in contrast to Turkey's other main English-language daily, the Daily Sabah, which is closely aligned with the Justice and Development Party of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Another conservative competitor, the Gülen movement-run Today's Zaman, was shut down by the government following the 2016 Turkish coup d'état attempt.[2]

In May 2018, the new Erdoğan-aligned owners appointed a new editor and publisher and stated that they intended to run the paper as an independent, non-partisan voice, in implicit contrast to both its previous secular orientation and the Daily Sabah.[3]


The current editor-in-chief is Gökçe Aytulu,[4] who replaced Murat Yetkin in October 2018.


The paper contains domestic, regional, and international news coverage, economic and cultural reporting, as well as regular opinion pieces from leading Turkish journalists and thinkers such as Mehmet Ali Birand,[5] Soner Çağaptay,[5] Nuray Mert,[6] Mustafa Akyol,[7] İlhan Tanir,[5] Burak Bekdil,[5] Sedat Ergin,[8] Semih İdiz,[9] and former editor David Judson.[5][10]


  1. ^ "New editor-in-chief, CEO take over at daily Hürriyet". Hürriyet Daily News. 18 May 2018. Archived from the original on 24 December 2022.
  2. ^ Chris Johnston and agencies in Istanbul (27 July 2016). "Turkey coup attempt: arrest warrants issued for former newspaper staff". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  3. ^ Demirören, Erdoğan (18 May 2018). "Chairman Demirören writes on Hürriyet's 'journey of democracy'". Hürriyet Daily News. Archived from the original on 27 January 2023.
  4. ^ "Gökçe Aytulu takes helm at Hürriyet Daily News - Türkiye News". Hürriyet Daily News. Retrieved 19 December 2022.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Opinion". Hürriyet Daily News. Retrieved 19 December 2022.
  6. ^ "NURAY MERT". Hürriyet Daily News. Retrieved 19 December 2022.
  7. ^ "MUSTAFA AKYOL". Hürriyet Daily News. Retrieved 19 December 2022.
  8. ^ "SEMİH İDİZ". Hürriyet Daily News. Retrieved 19 December 2022.
  9. ^ "SEDAT ERGİN". Hürriyet Daily News. Retrieved 19 December 2022.
  10. ^ "Turkish News - Latest News from Turkey". Hürriyet Daily News. Retrieved 19 December 2022.