Yavuz Baydar

Yavuz Baydar is the Editor-in-Chief of Ahval, a trilingual independent online news site focussing on Turkey. Since the attempted coup of July 15, 2016, he has lived in exile in Europe.

Baydar was among the co-founders of the independent media platform P24, which aimed to monitor the media sector and the state of journalism in Turkey.

Turkey’s first news ombudsman, Baydar began at at Milliyet daily in 1999 and worked in the same role as reader representative until 2014. His work included addressing reader complaints and commenting on media ethics. Working in a tough professional climate had its costs: he was twice forced to leave his job, after his critical columns on journalistic failings and fabricated news stories. He served as president of the U.S. based International Organizaton of News Ombudsmen in 2003.

In 2014, as a Shorenstein Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Baydar completed an extensive research paper on self-censorship, the corruption of ownership in the Turkish media, state oppression and threats to journalism in Turkey in the wake of Gezi Park protests.

His opinion articles have appeared in The Guardian, The New York Times, El Pais, Svenska Dagbladet, Yomiuri Shimbun, The Arab Weekly, and The Index on Censorship.



“We The Journalists” with Yavuz Baydar

Yavuz Baydar, Editor-in-Chief of Ahval, a Turkish independent online news and podcasts site, addresses the 10th Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy – see quotes below, followed by full prepared remarks. On the threat to journalism:  “We the journalists are more than ever before alienated, demonized, targeted, threatened, forced


Confronting Erdogan with Yavuz Baydar

Yavuz Baydar, Editor-in-Chief of Ahval, a trilingual Turkish news service, addresses the 7th Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy – see below for full prepared remarks. Full Remarks Good morning everyone, thanks for joining us to discuss and debate issues around this noble cause. I have come here from Turkey, which