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Daily newspaper Sözcü's website was launched in 2012 and receives high traffic. The daily, owned entirely by publisher Burak Akbay, is known for its loud and Kemalist critique of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the ruling AKP.

As of 2019, the only owner of Estetik Publishing, with which Sözcü newspaper is affiliated, is BEME Media Group, established in Switzerland in 2019. 

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ownership data is easily available from other sources, e. g. public registries etc.

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Media Companies / Groups

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


Ownership Structure

Owned by one company

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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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 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.


Boyd Zachery Brannon

Affiliated Interests Ceo

Boyd Zachery Brannon is the chair of board of directors at BEME Media Group.


İsmail Şahin

Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief

İsmail Şahin is the editorial coorditor at

Other Important People


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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The-then owner of Sozcu newspaper, Burak Akbay confirmed the company, named BEME Media A.G. established in Switzerland and he said that only the company name has changed and it still belongs to him (November 2020, Medya Koridoru).

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