Turkey: old Greek daily closes office due to money problems

13 October, 13:19

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, OCTOBER 13 - Editors of one of Turkey's two oldest newspapers, the Greek-language 'Apoyevmatini' (Afternoon) published in Istanbul, which has long been struggling to survive, have had to shut down their office due to financial problems. The newspaper was founded on 12 July 1925 and is still being published until today. Following the centre-left Turkish daily newspaper Cumhuriyet ('The Republic', founded on 7 May 1924 by journalist Yunus Nadi Abalioglu), Apoyevmatini is the second most senior daily newspaper founded after the Republic of Turkey came into existence, its readers being mostly Greeks living in Turkey. The newspaper - as the Cihan News Agency reported - will be run from the house of Mihail Vassiliadis, editor-in-chief of the daily, which has been in publication since 1925. The 75-year-old Vassiliadis announced in August that the paper was leaving its office in the Suriye Pasaji just off Istanbul's Istiklal Street, where the paper has been run for 90 years. If Apoyevmatini's economic situation does not improve, the newspaper will cease publication by July of next year, the journalist said. The daily has a circulation of 600, which reaches most of the Greek community in Turkey.

    Vassiliadis also distributes the paper in electronic format to former members of the Greek community of Turkey now living abroad, but this does not require a paid subscription.


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