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Type Daily newspaper
Format Berliner
Owner(s) Estetik Publishing A.Ş.
Founded 2007
Political alignment Kemalism
Liberal nationalism
Language Turkish
Headquarters Halkalı, Küçükçekmece
City Istanbul
Country Turkey
Circulation 305,368
Sister newspapers Korkusuz
Website www.sozcu.com.tr

Sözcü (English: Spokesperson) is a popular Turkish daily newspaper. Sözcü was first published on 27 June 2007 and is distributed nationwide. As of June 2018, it is the top-selling newspaper in Turkey, with around 300,000 copies sold daily.[1]


Its origins go back to Gözcü (literally, Observer, published by Doğan Media Group) which began publication on 15 May 1996 and ceased publication on 1 April 2007. Gözcü was taken over by its employees and its name was changed to Sözcü. In its first days the newspaper sold around 60,000 copies. By September 2008, the newspaper had an average circulation of 150,000. In December 2010 this number had reached 210,000.[2]

As a result of increasing political polarization, Sözcü has become one of the country’s top-selling newspapers through its anti-government (Justice and Development Party or AKP) stance.[3] It is the highest-selling Turkish paper that openly criticizes the ruling party and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Sözcü adopts a more nationalist and Kemalist political orientation than other anti-AKP papers such as Cumhuriyet and BirGün.

An edition of Sözcü aimed at the Turks of Western Europe is printed in Germany.[4]


Another daily newspaper called Korkusuz (English: Fearless) has been published by the Sözcü Group since November 2014.


The daily sports newspaper AMK has been published by the Sözcü Group since June 2012. The name AMK is officially an acronym of Açık Mert Korkusuz (translated: Open, Valiant and Fearless) but this evoked some controversy, as the acronym is commonly understood to mean a profane phrase in Turkish.[5]

Contributors (past and present)[edit]


  1. ^ "GAZETE TİRAJLARI - Günlük Gazetelerin Tirajları". www.gazetetirajlari.com. 2018-06-09. Retrieved 2018-06-15. 
  2. ^ http://www.dorduncukuvvetmedya.com/toplam-gazete-satislari-dustu-hurriyet-430-bine-geriledi.html
  3. ^ "The Big Prison By the Sea: Will Its Captives Change Turkey's History?". world.time.com. 6 February 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Türkische Zeitung SÖZCÜ kommt nach Deutschland" (in German). DNV - Der neue Vertrieb. Retrieved 18 November 2016. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-04. Retrieved 2015-04-04. 

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