Ahval News among top visited Turkish news sites - report

Ahval News among the top visited Turkish news sites on the internet, according to an EU-funded study conducted by the Turkish Association of Journalists.

The “Media Monitoring Report”, written as part of the association’s Media for Democracy Project (M4D), presented data from the first three months of 2020 and issues that Turkey’s journalists face, including imprisonment, press card cancellations and how online journalism has become the forefront of the news industry.

Readers in Turkey have been gradually drifting towards alternative media outlets and further away from mainstream media, the report said.

The report ranked Turkish news sites according to data received from the Alexa, Amazon’s cloud-based voice service which also monitors website traffic. However, the information provided may be incomplete, as it did not include data from Google Analytics, another major web-based service.


M4D member Özgür Fırat Yumuşak told Ahval that Google Analytics data was not included in the research but will be in the report for the second quarter (April-June).

The M4D Project also revealed varying figures – as of March 31 – provided by non-government organisations on imprisoned journalists:

- At least 74 journalists are in prison and another 221 on trial, according to Press in Arrest.

- There are 86 journalists in prison, according to the Turkish Journalists ' Union (TGS).

- There are 101 journalists are in prison, according to a report by Expression Interrupted.

- There are 161 journalists are in prison, according to Jailed Journos.

- There are 9,810 journalists in prison and 19,011 on trial, according to a report published by the Media and Legal Studies Association (MLSA Turkey) in cooperation with the International Press Institute.

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