Radikal (lit.'Radical') was a daily liberal Turkish language newspaper, published in Istanbul. From 1996 it was published by Aydın Doğan's Doğan Media Group. Although Radikal did not endorse a particular political alignment, it was generally considered by the public as a social liberal newspaper. Despite only having a circulation of around 25,000 (July 2013), it was considered one of the most influential Turkish newspapers.

TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Doğan Media Group
EditorEyüp Can
Founded13 October 1996
Political alignmentSocial democracy
Left-wing nationalism
Ceased publication25 March 2016
HeadquartersYüzyıl, Bağcılar, Istanbul
Circulation25,330 (July 2013)[1]
Websitewww.radikal.com.tr Edit this at Wikidata

It was praised for its culture, arts, and interview sections, as well as columnists such as M. Serdar Kuzuloğlu, Hakkı Devrim, Yıldırım Türker, Türker Alkan, Tarhan Erdem, Cengiz Çandar, and Altan Öymen. Hasan Celal Güzel, former minister of national education, Murat Yetkin, and Mustafa Akyol, son of Taha Akyol, also write for Radikal.

On 22 March 2016, it was announced that the newspaper was shutting down by the end of the month due to financial reasons.[2]


Radikal was founded in 1996, and "within a decade ... had become one of the most influential newspapers in the country, especially renowned for its top-drawer columnists and its coverage of intellectual debates". Its circulation, however, remained relatively low.[3]

In 2004 Radikal was awarded the Turk Democracy Associations "Democracy Media Award" (jointly with Zaman).[4][5]

In 2007, Serkan Özkaya, Orhan Pamuk and Sezen Aksu each became 'Radikal's temporary editors-in-chief for a day.[6][7]

The Dogan Group's economics daily Referans was merged into Radikal in 2010, with Referans editor-in-chief Eyüp Can becoming editor-in-chief of the combined paper, replacing İsmet Berkan. Later in 2010 the paper moved to a tabloid format and introduced new columnists Dilek Kurban of TESEV, Cüneyt Özdemir, and Sırrı Süreyya Önder.[8][9]

The newspaper stopped printing on 21 June 2014 and was published only digitally,[10] before it was shut abruptly shut down in March 2016. On 4 April 2016, its columnists published their farewell articles on its webpage, reflecting on Radikal's past 20 years.[11] In July 2023, he domain of the newspaper was deserted, resulting the online archive to wipe out.[12] Demirören Holding, the rights owner, did not make any disclosure about the shut down.[12]


The paper had following sections:

  • Türkiye - usually with domestic news
  • Yaşam (lit.'Life') - usually with health and entertainment articles from Turkey and the world
  • Politika - with political news, focusing on domestic
  • Dış Haberler - with foreign news
  • Yorum - opinion pieces, editorials
  • Ekonomi - economic news
  • Spor - sports news
  • Kültür/Sanat - with cultural and art news
  • "Sıcak Haber" (lit.'Breaking News'), online edition with the printed articles

The paper also publishes four supplements:

  • "Kitap" (lit.'Book'), weekly book reviews, out on Fridays
  • "Cumartesi" (lit.'Saturday'), weekend entertainment and news, out on Saturdays
  • "Radikal 2", op-eds, mostly on social-democracy or current political issues, out on Sundays
  • "Genç" (lit.'Young'), op-eds submitted by college students, out every other Tuesday.

Notable contributorsEdit


  1. ^ medyatava.com, 01.07.2013 - 07.07.2013 Haftası Tiraj Tablosu, accessed 14 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Radikal kapanıyor". Birgün. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  3. ^ Rafis Abazov (2009), Culture and Customs of Turkey, Greenwood Publishing Group, p. 77
  4. ^ Today's Zaman, 11 February 2004, Zaman Shares 'Democracy Award' With Radikal Archived 2013-12-24 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Today's Zaman, 28 February 2004, Zaman Wins Democracy and Human Rights Award Archived 2013-12-24 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Hurriyet Daily News, 8 January 2007, Nobel winner Orhan Pamuk is editor-in-chief for a day at Radikal
  7. ^ Radikal, 16 January 2007, Sanatçılar Sezen Aksu'nun Radikal'ini saklanacaklar arasına koydu bile! Archived 2013-12-24 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Hurriyet Daily News, 15 October 2010, Brave new approach by Turkish daily Radikal
  9. ^ Today's Zaman, 18 October 2010, Radikal greets readers with new size, columnists Archived 2013-12-24 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Radikal, 13 June 2015
  11. ^ "Yazarlar". Radikal. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  12. ^ a b "Ve Radikal silindi" [And Radikal is deleted] (in Turkish). OdaTV. 23 July 2022. Archived from the original on 23 July 2022. Retrieved 3 July 2022. Radikal gazetesi Haziran 2014 yılında son kez basılı yayın yapmış, Mart 2016'da da dijital yayını son bulmuştu. Gazetenin arşiv yazılarının da bulunduğu internet sitesi yayından kaldırıldı.
  13. ^ International Press Institute, ipiworldcongress.com, IPI World Congress 2013 Archived 2013-07-17 at archive.today

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