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Nuray Mert, born in Trabzon, Turkey (1960), is a Turkish columnist[1] and political scientist. She is a columnist for Hurriyet Daily News.[2] Mert is also a Bilderberg participant.

Nuray Mert
Born1960 (age 58–59)
Trabzon, Turkey
EducationPolitical science and history
Alma materBoğaziçi University
OccupationProfessor, columnist and TV presenter

Academic careerEdit

After graduating from Feyziye Mektepleri Işık College, she studied political science and history at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, where she obtained the master's degree on a thesis entitled Prens Sabahaddin ve Terakki Mecmuası ("Prens Sabahaddin and Terakki Magazine"), and the doctorate on a thesis entitled Erken Cumhuriyet Döneminde Laik Düşünce ("Secular Thought in the Early Republican Period").[3] She worked for some time as a research assistant at Boğaziçi University, after which she became lecturer at the Department of Economics of Istanbul University.[4]

In 2012–2013, she was an International Scholar in Residence at the Stanford Humanities Center.[5][3]


She used to host a TV show, but this was dropped after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan publicly criticized her.[6][7] She was also fired on February 19, 2012 from her job as a columnist for the daily newspaper Milliyet.[8] Mert has said that she now fears for her personal safety.[6]

The Turkish Journalists' Association has denounced the attacks on Mert by Erdoğan.[9]

In August 2017, Mert was fired from the newspaper Cumhuriyet after writing an article questioning the validity of evolution and another one in support of muftis performing marriages.[10]


  1. ^ Otto, Jan Michiel (2010-06-30). Sharia Incorporated: A Comparative Overview of the Legal Systems of Twelve Muslim Countries in Past and Present. Amsterdam University Press. pp. 253–. ISBN 978-90-8728-057-4. Retrieved 10 June 2011.
  2. ^ Nuray Mert, Committee to Protect Journalists, October 2012, Turkey's Press Freedom Crisis - Sidebar: The Dignity of Speaking Out
  3. ^ a b "Welcoming 9 New Affiliates," Stanford Global Studies website, 21 April 2012. Accessed: 2 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Mert ile Söyleşi," Mediterranean Studies Forum website, 11 September 2012. Accessed: 2 July 2015.
  5. ^ 12 April 2012, International Scholars in Residence at the Humanities Center 2012-2013
  6. ^ a b "Turks sense dawn of new era of power and confidence". BBC news. 2011-11-21. Retrieved 2011-11-21.
  7. ^ "Turkish PM targets Economist magazine, journalist Nuray Mert". Hurriyet Daily News. 2011-06-03. Retrieved 2011-11-21.
  8. ^ Filkins, Dexter (March 9, 2012). "Turkey's Jailed Journalists". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2012-03-18.
  9. ^ "Two Female Journalists Attacked". Bianet. 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2011-11-21.
  10. ^ "Cumhuriyet, Nuray Mert'in yazılarına son verdi" (in Turkish). BirGün. 2017-08-09. Retrieved 2017-08-09.