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 the Turkey correspondent for Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle. She began her journalism career working for Turkish mainstream daily Milliyet. Over the years, she focused on stories of ethnic, sexual, and religious minority groups in Turkey. Her work has 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 the media landscape in Turkey. Alongside her reporting, she teaches journalism students at university, lecturing on interview techniques and media criticism.
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