Most media outlets took more than 24 hours to report that Albayrak, who’s married to Erdogan’s oldest daughter, had quit, leaving millions of Turks to click on to YouTube broadcasts to hear the breaking story. The press continued to keep mum even after the lira rallied the most in two years, only reporting the news after the president’s office said late Monday that the resignation had been accepted.
That silence — echoing the muteness of government officials — demonstrates how intense the pressure is on mainstream media to toe the ruling AK Party line, said Kilicdaroglu, leader of the Republican People’s Party, or CHP.
“Only five of 1,780 radio and television stations reported the resignation” before Albayrak confirmed it the following day on social media, Kilicdaroglu said. The others, he said, have become a “pool media,” or palace press.