The Discussions of Ak-Party/JDP's Nuclear Energy Policies in Turkish Media (from 2000 to 2016)

Guz N., Saray G.

Bilig, no.79, pp.129-158, 2016 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Journal Name: Bilig
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.129-158
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


Reconciliation of the backstage of the 15th July 2016 coup attempt with energy wars along with the Turkish JDP's mega projects and nuclear energy policies leading Turkey towards 2023 objectives are on the media agenda. The Republic of Turkey is in an energy clamp due to its geopolitical and geostrategic position, its symbiotic relations with the Turkish and Islamic world and its potentiality of becoming an energy-corridor stretching from Eurasia and the Middle East towards Europe. This study aims to observe the media reflections on the nuclear energy policy during the ruling period of JDP Governments, and the success of the Turkish newspapers to inform the public about nuclear energy in connection with science journalism as well as the attitude of the press. Total 951 news articles about nuclear energy, published between 2000 - 2016 on the web sites of the three selected Turkish daily newspapers with different editorial policy, political lines and circulations, were evaluated through content analysis method. It is discussed how the media approaches to the nuclear energy along with the attitude-analysis exhibiting the objectivity or bias in the news, and the news-framing showing the nuclear stance of media.