Yavuz Baydar is a senior journalist, and author of two books. Baydar started his career in radio journalism and continued with television, newspapers and the internet. He worked as an editor, columnist and presenter in media organisations such as Swedish Radio/Television (SR/SVT), BBC Turkish Section, Milliyet daily, TRT, CNNTurk, Sabah daily, Turkish Daily News and Today's Zaman.
Between 1999 and 2014, he launched a new step in journalism and served as (Turkey’s first) Readers' Representative / News Ombudsman.
He assumed the presidency of the Organisation of News Ombudsmen (ONO). Lately, between 2017 and 2022, he was the editor-in-chief of the trilingual Ahval news website. Baydar currently writes analyses for the Syndication Byreau, Tagesspiegel and chronicles for Svenska Dagbladet.
A recipient of the Turkish Journalists’ Union (TGC) and The Association of Contemporary Journalists (ÇGD) awards respectively, Baydar was in 2014 awarded the European Press Prize (EPP) for "excellence in journalism”. Baydar's comprehensive study as a Shorenstein Fellow on “self-censorship and corruption in the Turkish media” was published by Harvard University in 2015 and his book on Turkey, "Die Hoffnung stirbt am Bosporus”, was published in 2018 by Droemer Knaur - in Germany.