Yavuz Baydar is an award-winning Turkish journalist, whose professional activity spans nearly four decades. In December 2013, Baydar co-founded the independent media platform, P24, Punto24, to monitor the media sector of Turkey, as well as organizing surveys, and training workshops. Baydar wrote opinion columns, in Turkish, liberal daily Ozgur Dusunce and news site Haberdar, and in English, daily Today’s Zaman, on domestic and foreign policy issues related to Turkey, and media matters, until all had to cease publications due to growing political oppression. Currently, Baydar is engaged in a 12-month project, funded by the EED, titled ‘Screening Turkey’ – a continous series of activities in news analysis, and blogs.
Yavuz Baydar was selected for the 2014 European Press Prize shortlist with ‘Ombudsman Columns’