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Founded in June 2007 by Burak Akbay, daily newspaper Sözcü is one of the best selling newspapers in Turkey. It’s known for its loud and Kemalist critique of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the ruling AKP.

According to the data of the BIA Media Monitoring Report for 2020, the Press Advertisement Institution imposed a total of 276 days of cutting advertisements for newspapers, including Sözcü newspaper, in 2020, due to their critical publications.

Sözcü newspaper was affiliated with the Estetik Yayıncılık until it was transferred to BEME Media A.G. in 2019.

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Estetik Yayıncılık A.Ş. (owned by BEME Media A.G.)


Voting Rights

According to Article 434 of Turkish Commercial Code, shareholders in corporations ('Anonim Şirket’) use their voting rights in proportion with their shares’ nominal value. Each shareholder has at least one vote, however voting rights might be limited, or given more weight with articles of association. Moreover, public companies may issue shares without voting rights according to Article 14/A of Capital Markets Law.

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General Information

Founding Year



Burak Akbay

Affiliated Interests Founder

Born in 1971 in Istanbul, Burak Akbay attended the American College of Switzerland. His first business was starting a newspaper printing press. He founded Sözcü newspaper in 2007. He owns all the shares of Estetik Yayıncılık A.Ş., the company that publishes the newspaper 'Sözcü' as well as its website He used to be the Chair of the Board of Directors of Estetik Yayıncılık until June 2016, when he resigned. However, he still appears as the publisher ('imtiyaz sahibi'). He's also the head of the Board of Directors of BAK Medya ve Yayıncılık Hizmetleri A.Ş. company, which was registered in the Turkish Trade Registry Gazette in July 2016 under the category 'television broadcasting'.

Sözcü newspaper, Korkusuz newspaper, GırGır, Sözcü TV and transferred to Beme Media A.G, which was established in Switzerland in 2019. Burak Akbay is the member of the Board of Directors of BEME Media A.G.


Burak Akbay (the-then CEO of Estetik Publishing)


Metin Yılmaz

Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief

Metin Yılmaz is the Editor in Chief of Sözcü newspaper. He started his career at Günaydın daily and held various positions at many newspapers including Son Havadis, Tan, Sabah, Meydan, Bugün, Gözcü, Dost, Akşam, Yeniçağ and Tercüman.

Other Important People

Asım Akgül

Asım Akgül is the general manager of Sözcü newspaper.


Halkalı Merkez Mah. Abay Cad. Atlas Sokak, Atlas İş Merkezi, A Blok, No: 6-8/4, Halkalı-Küçükçekmece, İstanbul. 0212 698 10 44,

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Further Information



Turkish Trade Registry Gazette. The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey. Retrieved in August 26, 2021

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