A Life Dedicated To Journalism: Metin Toker


CTAD-CUMHURIYET TARIHI ARASTIRMALARI DERGISI, vol.13, no.26, pp.91-124, 2017 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 13 Issue: 26
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Page Numbers: pp.91-124


Metin Toker occupied a place in the Turkish press for fifty-nine years and also witnessed the contemporary history of Turkey. He began his career as a correspondent for Cumhuriyet in 1943 and then worked as correspondent of Zafer and Yeni Istanbul newspapers between 1951 and 1953. His career as a columnist on politics reached to peak in the journal of Akis from 1954 to 1967. Because of his bitter critics to the Democrat Party in the name of democracy, Toker was sent to prison two times and served a time of nearly two years there in 1950s. He was also sentenced to three months because of his critics to military intervention to political life after the 1980 Coup. Besides his critics to military regime, he wrote against some people and groups whom he considered as a threat against secular-democratic republic. In his career, Toker also worked as columnist at Hurriyet (1975-1980) and at Milliyet (1968-1975, 1980-2002). He was called "national son-in-law" as being son-in-law of Ismet Inonu. Toker was a member of the Senate of Republic between 1977 and 1980. After the 1980 Coup, he served as the political delegate of Turkey at the European Council and took part in the Executive Committee of the International Press Institute. Toker was also a founding member and an executive of the Inonu Foundation, which was established in 1983. This work aims at studying life and activities of Toker. Sources of this work are primarily compiled from his books, his newspaper and journal articles and interviews made with his wife Ozden Toker. Moreover, memoirs of politicians and authors from his time and monographs and other academic works are consulted in this work.