The need for independent investigative journalism in Turkey is immense. The Turkish government cracks down aggressively on the press. Yet, there are no newsrooms in or out of the country rising to the challenge. How can we create high-impact, investigative reporting on Turkey? And is there a role for Dutch media in this?
Restrictions on freedom of press and (self)-censorship affects how – and which – stories are told. Together with journalists Zeynep Sentek, Craig Shaw, among others, we explore the possibilities and needs for producing investigative journalism on the actions of the Turkish government. During the programme Sentek, 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.
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.