Tuna Beklevic, a former AKP adviser who has declared he will stand against Mr Erdogan in the presidential race, also voiced concerns about the transfer. “The Turkish competition authority cannot legally give a green light to the sale of Dogan Media Group to the Demiroren Group,” he said.
“If approved, the authority would act against its own code and become a participant to a serious crime. The law is very clear and the sale should not be allowed.”
Dogan Media Group’s outlets have avoided antagonising the government in recent years, employing pro-government columnists alongside more independent writers. CNN Turk was widely ridiculed in 2013 when it aired a documentary on penguins as the Gezi Park protests unfolded in Istanbul.
The group was forced to sell Milliyet and Vatan newspapers to Mr Demiroren, listed by Forbes magazine as Turkey’s 45th richest person, in 2011. His company has interests including energy, mining, real estate and manufacturing.
Mr Demiroren, who Turkish media reported has a foreign partner for the buy-out, is a regular visitor to Mr Erdogan’s palace. In 2014, a leaked tape featured a sobbing Mr Demiroren being chastised by Mr Erdogan over a news article on the Kurdish peace process.
Der Verkauf der Dogan-Mediengruppe verstößt gegen das türkische Gesetz über Monopolbildung von 1994“, sagt der Politiker Tuna Beklevic, der als unabhängiger Präsidentschaftskandidat 2014 gegen Erdogan antrat. „Die staatliche Kartellkommission darf es nicht genehmigen, denn es ist illegal. Aber das Erdogan-Regime kümmert sich bekanntlich nicht um die Gesetze.“