Fenerbahçe’ s president Aziz Yıldırım got arrested on July 10, 2011. He was taken from his house by a police cab in the morning. When people saw the news they saw the head line which said: ‘Fenerbahce president arrested on match-fixing charges, club deny claims.’ This head line supports that Aziz Yıldırım is guilty and when the reader reads this headline he/she is coerced to think the same way. Therefore, the newspapers have decided what to make the reader believe.
Not only the headlines, but showing pictures of Aziz Yıldırım in handcuffs also make the reader think that he is guilty. Although there may be sufficient reason to arrest him, the news papers don’ t know whether he is guilty or not. He is presumed innocent until found guilty. This legal obligation is also a valid responsibility the media has to take on board.
Newspapers like ‘Taraf’ chose sides and wrote sided opinions on the situation. The newspaper wrote sheer opinions as if they were news, saying that Aziz Yıldırım is guilty and showed evidences that proved his guilt. The reader who read these newspapers thought immediately that he was guilty and thought they knew the reasons why he is guilty. However, the newspapers are not the court, nor are they the prosecutor to charge him, nor are they the forensic or the police to gather all the supporting evidence or the charge.
With the fact that there are three rival teams for Fenerbahçe makes Fenerbahçe’ s work harder. The other clubs try to make Aziz Yıldırım lookguiltybecausetheywantonerivallessandbecomethechampionmoreeasily.Thegame is simple. In short there are more evidences and proofs against Fenerbahçe because many people are against Fenerbahçe.
Still, the media has disappointed many sports fans due to their irresponsible attitude in the coverage of Fenerbahçe. They should have known better. The media will never attain the respect of its readers until it pays respect to their standards.