Pro-gov’t Hürriyet fires its ombudsman for criticizing daily’s reporting

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Pro-government Hürriyet daily ombudsman Faruk Bildirici was fired on Sunday by management after he refused to stop criticizing the newspaper’s mistakes in reporting and instead writing general media criticism, the Diken news website reported.

He had been working for Hürriyet since 1992, serving as the paper’s ombudsman for the last nine years.

After Hürriyet was sold to the pro-government Demirören business family in 2017, many veteran journalists quit or were fired.

In February the daily’s Washington correspondent Cansu Çamlıbel and the Hürriyet Daily News’ news coordinator Emre Kızılkaya resigned.

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