||Beşiktaş, Istanbul, Turkey
Sabah, which means “morning” in Turkish, is a major daily newspaper published in Istanbul. The editor-in-chief of the daily is Erdal Şafak, and its motto is “the best newspaper in Turkey”.
The original Sabah newspaper was historically significant during the late Ottoman period. The founder of the newspaper was Professor Diran Kelekian, a mentor of many of the Young Turks who went on to lead a nationalist revolution in 1908. Kelekian, an Armenian, was deported in 1915 and murdered in Central Anatolia. Sabah went on to become a mouthpiece of the Young Turks.
It was Dinç Bilgin who re-founded the newspaper in 1985. Bilgin introduced a new editorial line and style to the Turkish press and Sabah became well known for its illustrated and often topical covers. In 2008, Sabah was taken over by the Turkuaz Media Group of Çalık Holding. In its present incarnation, Sabah is a center-right, mass-appeal daily that describes its own editorial line as defending democracy, free market economics and human rights. It is supportive of the AKP government and critical of the opposition. The audience of the newspaper is primarily the urban middle class.
Sabah employs some of Turkey’s most popular columnists. The head of the Near Eastern Studies Department of Princeton University, Şükrü Hanioğlu, is among the regular contributors; editor-in-chief Erdal Şafak is also a notable columnist on foreign affairs.