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Mentor: Dr. Mike Wuthrich

My research investigates whether the aggression of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s administration and his powerful political party, Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi (AKP), towards Turkish journalists has pressured outlets into publishing articles more supportive of the government. By analyzing the opinion editorials of Turkey’s largest newspaper, Hürriyet, across the most controversial moments of the AKP government, I seek to determine if journalists have become increasingly less willing to express criticism over time. Using media content analysis and comparative empirical data, I have coded each article as supportive, neutral, or critical while determining any unfounded claims in supportive or critical pieces.

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