BALIKESİR – Doğan News Agency

The new State Auction Law will not be passed by Parliament this term however local newspapers in the medium-term still need to find an alternative to state auction advertisements as a source of income in order to survive, said Justice and Development Party, or AKP, Balıkesir deputy Edip Uğur yesterday.
Uğur, in a meeting with local newspaper owners and executives in the western province of Balıkesir, said the bill, which had caused many local newspapers to print their front page in black in protest late last month, would not be passed soon but could be reintroduced to the assembly in two or three years time.
The bill removes the obligation of state auction advertisements to appear in local newspapers. Local newspapers argue that if the bill is passed, freedom of information will be hurt and unemployment in the sector will skyrocket.
Uğur, who is also a member of the ruling AKP's executive board, said, �Local newspapers need to find alternative avenues of income.�
The local media needs to go through the process of mergers that has happened in all other sectors, he said. �In this day and age, sectors that don't adapt to developments simply die away. You need to grow. If you don't, you just fade away. Being a king in your own small pond is not something that is relevant today,� said the deputy.