Yavuz Baydar is the Editor-in-Chief of Ahval, a trilingual independent online news site and podcasts on Turkey. Since the attempted coup in 2016 he lives in exile in Europe.
Beginning at Milliyet daily in 1999 as Turkey’s first news ombudsman Baydar worked as a reader representative until 2014. His work included reader complaints with content, and commentaries on media ethics. He served as president of the U.S. based International Organizaton of News Ombudsmen (ONO) in 2003. In 2013 he was among the co-founders of the independent media platform P24 to monitor the media sector and the state of journalism in his home country.