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IRIS 2018-9:1/32

Turkey

A Media Communication Department has been established under the Turkish Presidency

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Gizem Gültekin Várkonyi

University of Szeged, Faculty of Law and Political Science

Under Presidential Decree No.14 published in the Official Gazette on 24 July 2018, a new department under the Turkish Presidency has been established. The department holds duties related to the publicising of Turkish government policies and the activities of the President, both within the country and abroad. The department is responsible for disseminating precise information about activities concerning events in or related to Turkey.

The department’s duties consist of:

- Ensuring cooperation and coordination between public institutions and NGOs regarding the publicisation of activities in Turkey and abroad,

- Organising and taking action to facilitate national and foreign press activities

Establishing a platform whereby the citizens could easily put forward their opinions and suggestions, as well as give feedback, and could make a request related to the activities of public institutions and organisations,

- Reporting on publication activities related to its duties, and collecting publications in a database to be called the Turkish Media Database,

- Organising professional media training for both the national and foreign press,

- Giving financial and administrative support to NGOs that (i) engage in capacity building, (ii) developing projects and programmes, and (iii) carry out activities similar to those undertaken by the department.

References
İletişim Başkanlığı Teşkilatı Hakkında Cumhurbaşkanlığı Kararnamesi TR
 http://merlin.obs.coe.int/redirect.php?id=19261
 
  Presidential Decree No. 14 of 24 July 2018