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A new crisis for Turkish journalists … and the union leader reveals the details

THE media Turks, including print newspapers, are facing a new crisis that could eventually force some of them to stop working for financial reasons, with the Turkish lira reaching lows recordafter breaking through the 17 lira barrier this month against the US dollar for the first time, following an earlier and similar decline in the lira between late last year and early 2022.

The problem of many media Turks lies in the decline in revenues in the face of rising costs against the backdrop of the decline in the Turkish lira, which has lost about 50% of its value compared to last year, but journalists suffer more than their institutions as they cease to operate and journalists formerly employed they are dedicated to independent work.

“The change in the structure of media in the country has contributed to a rapid increase in the number of freelance journalists, but with that the job opportunities for them are shrinking every day and continuing to shrink, “Gökhan Dormus, head of the Turkish Journalists Syndicate, known as TGS, told Al Arabiya.net.

He added that “freelance journalists face new difficulties represented in exercising their profession without an employment contract, and therefore cannot work stably and permanently with an institution, and therefore their work has become fraught with risk, as their returns financials decrease from time to time in time, and some of them stop working for several months. “

He continued: “Unfortunately freelance journalists face a lack of protection more than others, as they have no laws to protect them in the industry. in which they work, despite the increase in their numbers in recent years. They work without contracts with the organizations of media and these institutions can prevent them from working whenever they want. “”.

The high rates of inflation in Turkey in recent months have increased the challenges faced by journalists, especially freelancers, in how much they do not have a stable income, while the prices of services and materials necessary for daily life increase every day, which increases their troubles.

According to 3 journalists who are members of the Turkish Press Syndicate, most of the non-governmental media institutions are threatened with closure in any time without a budget financial fixed for them, which i media non-governmental governments began to suffer years ago after the government took control of most of the media in the country.

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