Burcu Karakas

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Burcu Karakaş is an independent investigative journalist based in Istanbul, Turkey. Her reporting focuses on human rights, migration, free speech and gender issues. She is Turkey correspondent for Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle and Italy-based Osservatorio Balcani Caucaso (OBC) Transeuropa. She began her journalism career working for Turkish mainstream daily Milliyet. Over the years, she focused on the stories of ethnic, sexual and religious minority groups in Turkey. After she started freelancing in 2015, her work appeared in BuzzFeed News, Die Tageszeitung, Public Radio International (PRI) and Asia Times. She is an award-winning reporter, including the European Union Investigative Journalist Prize for her work on suspicious deaths of women in southeastern Turkey. Karakaş has teamed up with the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) for “Media Ownership Monitor Turkey” and the European Investigative Collaborations (EIC) for in-depth investigative journalism projects. She is the author of four books on minority issues and media landscape in Turkey. Alongside her reporting, she teaches journalism students at university, lecturing on interview techniques and media criticism. Burcu was selected as the IWMF 2019 Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship Runner-Up.

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