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Directorate General of Press and Information (Turkey)

Basın Yayın ve Enformasyon Genel Müdürlüğü - BYEGM

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Flag of BYEGM, current and former versions - Images by Ivan Sache, 28 February 2018

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Presentation of BYEGM

BYEGM (website) was established on 7 June 1920 by Atatürk's instructions.
Atatürk wrote in the preamble to the law establishing BYEGM: "Ignoring to establish an organization of politics and ideas for a considerable period of time, which is as powerful as weaponry in defending our national interests, has caused many acts of malice. There is not a single European state that has not set up an as-large-as-possible organization with this objective in mind. On the one hand we need to bring out publications with an aim to defend our national and legitimate cause and to constantly scrutinize the foreign press to understand the flow of ideas, while on the other hand we need to bring out publications within the nation to produce a union of ideas and spirits as the modern time dictates."

The Directorate, which acquired different names under several ministries in the decades after its establishment, attained its own organizational structure with its current name and functions by a Decree-Law adopted in 1984. Duties of BYEGM include:
(a) to contribute to the promotion of the state policy and to the strategies implemented by the government on this matter;
(b) to provide accurate and timely information to the public and relevant state authorities;
(c) to ensure government activities and services are effectively conveyed to the national and international public;
(d) to maintain and organize relations with the domestic and foreign media and take effective measures to facilitate their working conditions and activities.

BYEGM has 17 provincial and 39 international offices.

Ivan Sache, 28 February 2018

Flag of BYEGM

The flag of BYEGM (photo, photo, photo, photo, photo, photo, photo, photo) is white with the directorate's emblem. The former flag of BYEGM (photo) was white with the organization's seal-shaped, former emblem.

Ivan Sache, 28 February 2018