Tactical media Kurdish minority Turkey Activist journalism Local broadcasting Conflict
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ALGAN, E., 2018. Local broadcasting as tactical media: Exploring practices of Kurdish activism and journalism in Turkey. Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, In Press.
Through the backdrop of struggles that local broadcasters in Turkey who advocate for Kurdish
minority's rights have had to endure, I discuss local broadcast journalists' tactics for creating and
maintaining programming that caters toward Kurds in an ongoing conflict situation. Ethnic local
broadcasting in Kurdish provinces has always strived to offer an alternative discourse to state
propaganda and mobilize political support within and outside Turkey in order to advocate for the
Kurdish minority in Turkey. In order to illustrate the role of Kurdish activist journalism in
political mobilization, I analyze examples of local radio programming from 2010-2013, a period
of relative freedom enjoyed by broadcasters in Kurdish provinces when peace negotiations were
underway in Turkey. I aim here to illustrate the instrumentality of activist journalism in
authoritarian and repressive regimes, and the ways in which local broadcasting is utilized as
tactical media by both activist journalists and the community they serve.
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Part of the fieldwork for this manuscript was funded by California State University at San Bernardino’s Professors Across Borders Grant.