İsmail Saymaz

İsmail Saymaz (born 11 July 1980, in Rize[1]) is a Turkish investigative journalist for the newspaper Radikal (since May 2002).[1] He has published articles and books on the Turkish deep state and Ergenekon, including a 2011 book on links between the 2007 Zirve Publishing House massacre and the 2006 killing of Andrea Santoro,[2][3] and another 2011 book on former police chief Hanefi Avcı.[4] He has won a number of awards for his work.

İsmail Saymaz
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Born (1980-07-11) 11 July 1980 (age 41)
NationalityTurkish
OccupationJournalist
Years active2010–present

Saymaz has been infamous for rapidly changing his social and political views; an ultranationalist during his youth,[5] a devout leftist criticizing Kemalism during college,[6][7][8] an Ergekon case journal and transparent state advocate while working at Radikal newspaper,[9] an Ergenekon case denier after 2016 Turkish coup d'état attempt,[10] and floowingly a pro-state Kemalist [6][11] and an anti immigration activist.[12] Despite his initial works and support on Ergenekon cases,[9] Saymaz became a journalists charged in relation to reporting on the Ergenekon trials for "violating the secrecy of an investigation". In late 2010 he was involved in 12 legal cases carrying a total prison term of 97 years,[13] beginning with five stories printed in early 2010, each with a potential sentence of nine years.[13] beginning with five stories printed in early 2010, each with a potential sentence of nine years.[14]

Saymaz has supported the imprisonment of journalists held under the allegation of the Gülen community and guided the re-imprisonment of publicist whose forfeits are lifted by the Turkish courts.[15] Saymaz has also drafted the seizure of journalist that fled Turkey.[15]

Saymaz criticized the Turkish immigration measures by stating that the borders of the country turned to a carnival zone due to Syria policy and some immigrants are suicide bombers entered their country in this way.[16]  After his accusations against his colleagues on being pro-western and never feeling belonging to their people, he was criticized by the media on becoming a part of the far-right organization.[16]

BooksEdit

  • Postmodern Cihat ("Postmodern Jihad"), Kalkedon Yayıncılık, 2010.[13]
  • Nefret - Malatya: Bir Milli Mutabakat Cinayeti ("Hate - Malatya: A Murder of National Consensus"), Kalkedon Yayıncılık, 2011.
  • Hanefi Yoldaş: Gizli Örgüt Nasıl Çökertilir?, Kalkedon Yayıncılık, 2011.
  • Oğlumu Öldürdünüz Arz Ederim - 12 Eylül'ün Beş Öyküsü: İnciraltı Katliamı, Cemil Kırbayır, Cengiz Aksakal, Nurettin Yedigöl, Maraş'ta Dört Yürek, Postacı Yayınevi, 2012
  • Sıfır Tolerans: Polisin Eline Düşünce, İletişim Yayınevi, 2012.
  • Sözde Terörist (İletişim Yayınları, 2013)
  • Esas Duruşta Cinayet (İletişim Yayınları, 2014)
  • Ali İsmail-Emri Kim Verdi? (İletişim Yayınları, 2015)
  • Fıtrat - İş Kazası Değil, Cinayet (İletişim Yayınları, 2016)
  • Çay Güzeli (İletişim Yayınları, 2017)
  • Türkiye'de IŞİD (İletişim Yayınları, 2017)
  • Kimsesizler Cumhuriyeti, (İletişim Yayınları, 2018)

AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b İletişim Yayınevi, İsmail Saymaz
  2. ^ Today's Zaman, 10 October 2011, Book hints at connection between missionary and priest murders
  3. ^ Hurriyet Daily News, 27 November 2011, Attacks on missionaries continue, journalist says
  4. ^ soL, 8 March 2011, "Hanefi Yoldaş"ın kitabı çıktı
  5. ^ @ismailsaymaz (15 September 2018). "Sanıyorlar ki, geçmişimden utanıyorum. Ben lisedeki ülkücü geçmişimi birgün olsun saklamadım. O günkü arkadaşlarımla bugün hala görüşüyorum, kendilerini çok da severim. Esaslı, namuslu, emekçi ve vatansever insanlardır" (Tweet). Retrieved 2020-08-25 – via Twitter.
  6. ^ a b Haber, Super (2020-01-02). "İsmail Saymaz sol mahalleden neden taşındı?". superhaber.tv (in Turkish). Retrieved 2020-08-25.
  7. ^ @ismailsaymaz (29 February 2020). "Geçmişte Atatürk'ü, onun kavgasını ve devrimlerini yeterince kavrayamadan geçirdiğim her günü ziyan olup gitmiş sayıyorum" (Tweet). Retrieved 2020-08-25 – via Twitter.
  8. ^ "İsmail Saymaz bu sefer fena yakalandı". Beyazgazete. Retrieved 2020-08-25.
  9. ^ a b "İsmail Saymaz, Ergenekon haberlerimin arkasındayım diye yazdı sonra sildi". Milli Gazete (in Turkish). Retrieved 2020-08-25.
  10. ^ "İsmail Saymaz'ın Tarafsız Bölge'deki FETÖ sözleri gündem oldu". Yeni Çağ Gazetesi (in Turkish). 2020-01-21. Retrieved 2020-08-25.
  11. ^ "İsmail Saymaz'dan Atatürk'e lanet okuyan Ali Erbaş'a çok sert sözler". Yeni Çağ Gazetesi (in Turkish). 2020-07-25. Retrieved 2020-08-25.
  12. ^ "Göçmen tartışması | Banu Güven'den İsmail Saymaz'a: SETA raporu gibi konuşmaya başladın!". T24 (in Turkish). Retrieved 2020-08-25.
  13. ^ a b c Hurriyet Daily News, 15 November 2010, Turkish journalist charged with insulting prosecutor by calling him 'postmodern'
  14. ^ Hurriyet Daily News, 14 May 2010, Turkish reporter faces 45 years prison for stories
  15. ^ a b Mynet. "İsmail Saymaz'ın tweet'leri sosyal medyayı salladı". Mynet Haber (in Turkish). Retrieved 2020-08-16.
  16. ^ a b "Göçmen tartışması | Banu Güven'den İsmail Saymaz'a: SETA raporu gibi konuşmaya başladın!". T24 (in Turkish). Retrieved 2020-08-16.
  17. ^ Hurriyet Daily News, 13 July 2010, Hürriyet Daily News voices win Turkish journalism awards
  18. ^ Hurriyet Daily News, 11 May 2011, Human rights watchdog rewards local journalists
  19. ^ Radikal, 6 June 2012, Saymaz'a ifade özgürlüğü ödülü

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