Turkey Now: How to report on Turkey?

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The Turkish government cracks down aggressively on the press. And with less than a year to go to presidential elections in Turkey, journalists brace themselves for a new spiral of violence. The Black Sea Project believes there is an immense need for independent investigative journalism in Turkey. They want to solve this need. But how can journalists create high-impact, investigative reporting on Turkey?

Restrictions on freedom of press and (self)-censorship affects how – and which – stories are told. Together with journalists Sebnem Arsu, Zeynep Şentek and Craig Shaw, among others, we explore the possibilities and needs for producing investigative journalism on the actions of the Turkish government. And is there a role for Dutch media in this? During the programme Sentek, Arsu and Shaw will launch their new initiative, The Black Sea: Turkey, a multi-year plan of investigative journalism in and around the Black Sea Region.

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Sebnem Arsu is a journalist who has been covering Turkey and its region for over 20 years. Her career in print journalism started in 2001 with the New York Times where she became the first Turkish correspondent of the paper.

Zeynep Şentek is a Turkish academic and award-winning journalist working for The Black Sea on investigations, human rights, workers’ rights, corruption, and the environment.

Craig Shaw is a British journalist. His work has appeared in leading international media outlets, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, L’Espresso, Expresso, Der Spiegel, De Correspondent, Cumhuriyet, Reuters, and others.

About The Black Sea organization
The Black Sea is a non-profit organization based in the Netherlands. Its journalists have been at the forefront of cross-border journalism for a decade, with projects like Offshore Leaks and Malta Files. Among their most notable achievements is their Turkey reporting: exposing corruption at the highest echelons of Turkish politics, human rights, and environmental abuses. Their stories won awards, made headlines, and created political scandals in Turkey.

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Sebnem ArsuJournalistStories in ao: The New York Times, Der Spiegel, The Independent
Zeynep ŞentekAward-winning journalist & academic
Craig ShawJournalist, stories in ao The Guardian, Reuters, Cumhuriyet
Marloes de KoningForeign editor & former Turkey correspondent at NRC Handelsblad
Photo: Petrut Calinescu/The Black Sea, industrial facilities (aluminum & steel) in situated in the middle of Dilovasi town.