Yavuz Baydar co-founded in 2013 the independent media platform P24 to monitor the media sector in Turkey. He has lived outside Turkey since the July 2016 coup attempt.
His opinion articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, Süddeutsche Zeitung, El Pais and on the Al Jazeera website. Baydar has blogged with the Huffington Post and Al Jazeera, sharing his his analysis and views on Turkish politics, the Middle East, Balkans, Europe, U.S-Turkish relations, human rights, free speech, press freedom and history. He also wrote regular opinion columns for the Turkish dailies Todays Zaman and Bugün.
Turkey’s first news ombudsman, beginning at Milliyet daily in 1999, Baydar worked in the same role as reader representative until 2014. His work included reader complaints with content, and commentary on media ethics. Working in a tough professional climate had its costs: he was twice forced to leave his job, after his critical columns on journalistic flaws and fabricated news stories.
Baydar worked as producer and news presenter in Swedish Radio &TV Corp. (SR) Stockholm, Sweden; as correspondent for Scandinavia and Baltics for Turkish daily Cumhuriyet between 1980-1992, and the BBC World Service, in the early 1990s. He studied informatics, cybernetics and, later, journalism in the University of Stockholm. He served as president of the U.S. based International Organizaton of News Ombudsmen (ONO) in 2003. He was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at University of Michigan in 2004.
Baydar was given the Special Award of the European Press Prize (EPP), for 'excellence in journalism', which he shared with the Guardian and Der Spiegel in 2014.