Can Dündar is a Turkish journalist, documentary filmmaker and book author. He was editor-in-chief of the Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet, has 40 books to his name and was sentenced in absentia to 27 years in prison after publishing a story on Turkish intelligence’s arms trafficking to Syrian radical Islamists. President Erdogan accused him of revealing state secrets and demanded a life sentence. After being arrested in 2015, spending three months in jail, and surviving an assassination attempt, Dündar fled his home country and settled in Germany.
Now, Dündar is editor-in-chief of the bilingual journalistic platform Özgürüz and a columnist for Die Zeit. Dündar is a recipient of many awards including the Reporters Without Borders’ Human Rights Award and was honoured as European Journalist of the Year in 2017 as part of the Prix Europa. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017.