Monday, May 21, 2007

Today's Zaman: Media Coverage to Blame

The following article appears in Monday's edition of "Today's Zaman." Please visit their website at to read the article in its entirety.

Media coverage contributes to the problem
Soccer hooliganism is a highly visible phenomenon, as journalists and TV cameras are present at virtually every match.

Journalists are sent to soccer matches in Turkey as much to report on crowd behavior as on the game itself.

As a result media coverage of soccer-related disorders and violence is extensive, and the Turkish media devotes apparently unlimited column inches to any incident that occurs, complete with sensationalist headlines.

This sensationalism, without the slightest doubt, together with a "predictive" approach whereby violence at certain matches is anticipated by the media, has actually contributed to the problem. The local media refers to any Galatasaray-Fenerbahçe match as the "mother of all derbies." What on Earth makes it the "mother or father of all derbies"? Is it the high standard of play or the high standard of hooliganism?


Blogger Demet said...

I really appreciate your Fenerbahçe love. All fans of Fenerbahçe reading this blog are proud of you. We love you and hope to see you in Ankaragücü match.

12:32 PM  
Blogger Nathan L. Redd said...

Cok tesekkurler, Demet! If I had the money, I would be on a plane for Istanbul tomorrow! One day I will meet you at Sukru Saracoglu, my friend!

2:01 PM  
Blogger Oz Kanka said...

So according to the Today's Zaman it is the media that is to blame. Mmmm.

Incidents in the stands are news. Full stop. If they weren't you wouldn't see so many articles on this blog and others. The entire episode was disgraceful, but to blame the media is quite a long bow to draw.

I guess the Italian-style policing and the idiots who throw stuff on the pitch are completely innocent then.

3:39 PM  
Blogger Nathan L. Redd said...

I agree, Oz. Read my other article about "Turkiye's black eye."

3:52 PM  

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