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.
His opinion pieces were published in the Guardian, Die Süddeutsche Zeitung, New York Times, El Pais and the Arab Weekly.
In 2014 Baydar was awarded the European Press Prize (EPP) for ‘excellence in journalism’ and in 2018 he was awarded the prestigious ‘Journalistenpreis’ by the Südosteuropa-Gesellschaft in Germany.