In 2018, Netherlands based Roosevelt Foundation awarded journalist Erol Önderoğlu with Laureate Freedom of Speech Award. “The award for Mr. Önderoğlu is motivated by his tireless and persistent dedication to defend the freedom of speech and expression. As correspondent for Reporters Without Borders in Turkey and as editor of independent press agency Bianet he has for over 20 years actively followed the court cases of fellow journalists, to support them and report objectively on violations of freedom of the press. In more than 4,600 articles and columns to date, he has monitored and reported on these violations even when he was faced with repression and imprisonment. In life and work he is devoted to raising awareness of the necessity of freedom of speech and expression, for men and women, from all kinds of backgrounds, in Turkey and abroad”
La polarisation politique tue le reportage sur le terrain et le journalisme d'investigation, qui doivent être pratiqués sans concession, sans tenir compte des relations entre le gouvernement et l'opposition
Erol Önderoğlu est correspondant pour Reporters sans frontières en Turquie et rédacteur de Bianet, un site web turc qui couvre les affaires politiques, sociales et culturelles en portant une attention particulière aux libertés et droits fondamentaux. Chaque trimestre, Bianet publie un rapport sur la liberté de la presse.