Journalist Mehmet Y. Yılmaz has said he was fired from Hurriyet newspaper after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan put pressure on Aydin Dogan, the owner of the daily back in the time, to fire him in Sept 2017.

Stating that he was able to speak his mind in his columns until September, last year, Yilmaz added that editorial corrections have grown bigger since then.

“I wrote about the discussions on the Chief of General Staff’s wife’s covering her head during a reception on Aug 30. Following this column, Tayyip Erdogan phoned to Aydin Dogan,” Yilmaz told T24 on Wednesday.

Yılmaz confirmed that Erdogan had requested his dismissal during the phone conversation.

“Aydin Dogan was upset about the conversation. I offered to stop writing ‘for some time.’ …When I asked if I should resume writing [later on], editor in chief Fikret Bilal said ‘not now’,” Yilmaz said.

Hurriyet and its parent company Dogan media were purchased by pro-government Demiroren Group in April, this year.

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