Anadolu Agency

Anadolu Agency
Anadolu Ajansı
Type joint-stock company
Industry News agency
Founded April 6, 1920; 101 years ago (1920-04-06)
Founders Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
Halide Edip Adıvar
Yunus Nadi Abalıoğlu
Headquarters Çankaya, Ankara, Turkey
Key people
Serdar Karagöz (Director-General, Chairman of the Board)
Number of employees
Website Anadolu Ajansı

Anadolu Agency (Turkish: Anadolu Ajansı, lit.'Anatolia Agency'; abbreviated AA) is a state-run[1][2] news agency headquartered in Ankara, Turkey.[3]


The Anadolu Agency was founded in 1920 during the Turkish War of Independence to spread Turkish propaganda.[4] Journalist Yunus Nadi Abalıoğlu and writer Halide Edip, fleeing the occupied capital, met in Geyve and concluded that a new Turkish press agency was needed. The agency was officially launched on April 6, 1920, 17 days before the Turkish Grand National Assembly convened for the first time. It announced the first legislation passed by the Assembly, which established the Republic of Turkey.[5]

Since the Justice and Development Party (AKP) took power, AA and the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) were both restructured to more closely reflect the government line. This tighter degree of government control over AA and TRT, along with increasing government influence over private media, has contributed to the formation of a hegemonic, dominant-party system in Turkey. According to a 2016 academic article, "these public news producers, especially during the most recent term of the AKP government, have been controlled by officials from a small network close to the party leadership."[6]

Anadolu Agency is often described as being a propaganda machine for the Turkish government, creating positive stories on Turkey and the Justice and Development Party. It has a hard-line position on Syrian Civil War, usually demonizing the Syrian Democratic Forces.[7][8]

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