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Erol Önderoglu

HRD, Correspondent
Reporters Without Borders

Political polarization is killing field reporting and investigative journalism, which should be performed without concessions, without consideration for the relations between the government and the opposition.

Erol Önderoglu is a correspondent of the human rights organisation Reporters Without Borders in Turkey and the Editor of Bianet, a Turkish website that covers political, social and cultural affairs with special attention to human rights and freedoms. Bianet publishes a quarterly press freedom report and a monthly review of women's rights in Turkey.

Human rights defenders in Turkey have been subjected to harassment, threats, surveillance, violations of the rights to freedom of expression, association, and assembly, judicial harassment including criminal prosecution, violent attacks, prolonged arbitrary detention and ill-treatment. They become target for their work on denouncing impunity for serious human rights violations, defending sexual rights, investigating on ultra-nationalist networks, advocating for labour rights or defending the right to conscientious objection.