The Faculty of Communication at Cyprus International University (CIU), published a congratulation message on July 24th, Journalists and Press Day.
Prof. Dr. Hikmet Seçim, Dean of the Faculty of Communication, stated that July 24th, “Journalists and Press Day”, has an important place in the history of Turkish press, is celebrated as the day that censorship was abolished within the Turkish press.
Prof. Dr. Seçim recalled that until the Second Constitutional Monarchy, newspapers were only able to be published in the Ottoman Empire after being checked and controlled by “censorship officers ”. However, censorship was abolished after the declaration of the Second Constitutional Monarchy on July 24th, 1908.
Seçim stated that it was decided that the 24th of July will be celebrated as "Journalists and Press Day”, established by the Turkey Journalists Association in 1946 and by the proposal of Falih Rıfkı Atay.
Seçim said journalists have an important duty such as enlightening and informing the public. In addition, they guide society and form public opinion. They often accomplish this by dealing with difficulties and with great responsibility.
Prof. Dr. Seçim highlighted that journalism is one of the most difficult, dynamic and demanding professions. He celebrated July 24th Journalists and Press Day with all the journalists and press workers who fulfill their duties with great efforts.