Platform for Independent Journalism (P24) is a timely initiative to support and promote editorial independence in the Turkish press at a time when the journalistic profession is under fierce commercial and political pressure. It is a not-for-profit, civil society organization which counts as its founders several experienced members of the Turkish press. It has been started with a broad mission to build capacity in the Turkish media, create a public appetite for media independence, define and promote best journalistic practice, and more specifically to encourage the transition to web-based journalism.
It does so through various strategies:
· by example (providing content; organizing and encouraging investigative journalism with independent funding)
· by organizing training for young professionals
· by providing concrete assistance to news sites of proven integrity
· by bringing issues of media integrity to public attention
In short, P24 attempts to prove the value of a free and independent press to a society which has lost confidence in established media.
The founding president of P24 is Hasan Cemal.
Other founding members are Doğan Akın, Yavuz Baydar, Yasemin Çongar, Andrew Finkel, Hazal Özvarış and Murat Sabuncu.