Gezi Movement, Turkey, The Occupy Gezo
The Occupy Gezo movement was a heated anti-governmental protest that ran for four consecutive days in an effort to advocate the revolution of media. It had become almost a crime to use the media in Turkey as the number of people arrested, as a result, of tweeting, sharing
photos and posting any comments that that are politically inclined and seemed to criticize the
government rose. The movement was characterized by masses of citizens demonstrating on the streets. However, the government reiterated through police brutality against the demonstrators.
The social media is the revolutionist and best option to connect supporters of any issue in the world. However, the Turkish social media is dominated by few owners who are allied to the government and those are in a bid to secure financial rewards through censoring any government criticism through the media. The move has failed the people of Turkey to express their views
through the media at a time when such issues are most significant to them. The Occupy Gezi movement has come out to challenge these media policies and journalist practices in Turkey and call for freedom of expression.
[...] According to a survey carried out in the country of the respondents ascertained that Turkey is heading to become an authoritarian state (Jacob, 2014). In the case this issue is not handled early, the political chain will continue to enjoy it and the citizens will have a tough time in coming decades. The Occupy Gezi movement is, therefore, protest that purely raises eyebrows of all Turks against the abuse of power that is practiced by the government. The movement aimed at securing democracy that not only affects policy changes as far as the media is concerned, but also on elections. [...]
[...] The group had also acquired a new television channel. Faith Altayli, a journalist working with the Ciner Group conducted an interview with Erdogan, the prime minister that was mocked by many political journalists in Turkey. Faith asked the prime minister about his views on the protests, but the minister was quick to criticize against the media and its viewers. He criticized their behavior terming it as biased (Postwoman, 2013). Hundreds of protestors gathered outside the Heberturk TV buildings shouting. They were shouting slogans accusing the prime minister and offered money to the media cover the events of the Occupy Gezi movement. [...]
[...] Also, counter media movements located in the Turkish cities,140journos and Bianet reported on the events of the Gezi events. It became evident that the movement had created its own media to curb the limitations that existed on its coverage. A group of Journalists who were for the movement came together and formed a movement that was named as “Occupy Gezi News.” They used the avenue collectively to gather and provide reliable information about the events. The Bianet concentrated on publishing first-hand information that was got from eyewitnesses and refrained from publishing unconfirmed news. [...]
[...] They suggested that the media should not be connected to any other business groups or invest in other sectors. The two students put in to spot OCCUPY GEZI MOVEMENT IN TURKEY the Turkish media that is owned by CEOs with interests in government contracts. These owners are driven by the greed for more profits on government contracts as the government continues to seek control over and suppress the public. This was evident considering the way in which the media reacted to the Occupy Gezi protests. [...]
[...] However, the protestors could reach each other, but internet remained inaccessible throughout the period. Supporters from other parts of the world as the Turkish professionals in the United States immediately launched a platform, Indiegogo that was used to raise money to post an ad in the New York Times. This move was aimed to publicize the issue further. The platform raised more than $100,000 within a very short time. The move showed how the traditional media remains an important tool in issues that involve an issue of global concern. [...]
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