The Cilem Dogan Casein the Websites of Dailies in Turkey

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ILEF DERGISI, vol.8, no.2, pp.381-411, 2021 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 8 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.24955/ilef.1023512
  • Journal Name: ILEF DERGISI
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.381-411
  • Keywords: cilem Dogan, self-defence, news, news photographs, critical discourse analysis
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


The Cilem Dogan Case started in 2015. It has drawn both media and public attention and sparked discussion. This study investigates the media representation of the Cilem Dogan case within its legal and social context. News and news photographs of the Dogan case, published on the websites of the liberal daily Hurriyet, radical left-wing daily Birgun and conservative and Islamist daily Yeni Akit, were analysed drawing on critical discourse analysis. The results indicate that the websites of these dailies construct the lawsuit process in line with ideological views and editorial lines. Accordingly, the daily Birgun represented the lawsuit process and Cilem Dogan by focusing on the right to self-defence and covered the socio-cultural, historical and legal context in the news. In Hurriyet, the context of the news was overshadowed by tabloid and dramatic elements, and Cilem Dogan was represented more like a "victim". Yeni Akit did not cover the socio-cultural and historical context of the case in the news, personalised the violence, and represented Cilem Dogan as a "guilty" woman who killed her husband.