Can said he and his team carried out a “radical” change. Noting that tabloid-size papers, which are popular in the UK, are not widespread in Turkey, Can described the change for Radikal as “like giving birth to a baby.” Stating that he is very excited about the new Radikal, he said the readers will have some surprises.
Radikal’s Ankara representative, Murat Yetkin, said the daily has grown stronger with the Referans affiliation. He pointed out that there is now a stronger Radikal team in the politics and economy sections, in particular. Yetkin said it is not only the size but also the editorial line of the daily that has changed. “Radikal is now more pro-freedom,” he said.
In an interview with the Zaman daily yesterday, Can said his aim is to revive the brave journalism Radikal excelled at in the mid 1990s after the 1996 Susurluk affair, which exposed links between the Turkish state, the criminal underworld and Turkish security forces. “Both Radikal and the Turkish media needs this journalism. Radikal will not categorically oppose certain things. Instead, it will be a paper that will go beyond the ordinary and criticize every move against freedom,” he said.
Among Radikal’s new columnists are jurist Dilek Kurban of the Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation (TESEV), Professor Binnaz Toprak from Boğaziçi University, journalist Cüneyt Özdemir, filmmaker Sırrı Süreyya Önder and the son of slain journalist Uğur Mumcu, Özgür Mumcu.