A long-time analyst on regional issues, Alin Ozinian holds a BA in International Relations and Diplomacy and an MA in Turkish Studies. She is currently a PhD researcher at YSU's Faculty of Political Science.
Ozinian has worked at the Permanent Mission of Armenia to the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) and has served as the Regional Coordinator of International Alert's Caucasus Development Network, based in London, and as a regional analyst for the Armenian Assembly of America, based in Washington DC.
She served as press secretary for the Turkish-Armenian Business Council. In 2018, she received the Jampruk Research Award on migration issues, announced by the United Nations Association. Since 2021, Ozinian has been the executive director of the Arti Media.
Nikolaos Stelgias was born in 1982 in Istanbul. From 2000 until 2011, Stelgias studied in Athens. In 2011 he completed his Ph.D. on Turkish political parties during 1918-1938. Since the end of his dissertation, Dr. Stelgias has focused on contemporary Turkey, the Kurdish, and the Cyprus Question. Dr. Stelgias' books and studies have been published in Turkey, Cyprus, and abroad. In 2021, Dr. Stelgias' new study entitled "The Ailing Turkish Democracy" was published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. In addition to his scientific capacity, Dr. Stelgias is also involved in journalism.
“At a time of unprecedented pressure on the press, we are aware of the value of truthful, objective, fair, and reliable journalism as well as commentary and analysis that values diversity.”
We are all aware that journalists in Turkey have been under great pressure and have been working at the risk of their own safety in recent times, as those who defend freedom of expression, those who believe in democracy and organisations associated with democratic values are considered by the government as criminals and traitors.
Regardless of the conditions in Turkey, regardless of the increasing challenges to journalism, as +Gercek family we will not give up our commitment to all the principles we believe in, namely democracy, equity, pluralism, the rule of law, and freedom of expression; on the contrary, we will insist on our commitment and ambition to practice journalism in spite of everything.
The purpose of the news portal +GercekNews, which is a new addition to the ArtıTV and +Gerçek newspaper family, is to tell the readers the “facts” of Turkey, as the name suggests (the word 'gerçek' literally translates as the “truth”).
Only the cooperation of democracies can avert the danger these days, when there is a risk of seeking a solution not through further democratization but through more war and repression. Therefore, it is time to reunite with the world, not to withdraw into ourselves. +GercekNews aims to tell the world about Turkey and to bring Turkey to the world.
The journalism we will strive to do aims to provide insight into the situation in Turkey, regional politics, the opposition's position on various issues, and internal struggles and dynamics through information and analysis.
Turkey is at a critical juncture as crises and wars escalate around the world, and at a time of unprecedented pressure on the press, we are aware of the value of truthful, objective, fair, impartial, and reliable journalism, as well as commentary and analysis that values diversity.
Therefore, in addition to our colleagues in Turkey, we will be working with our colleagues and experts in Washington DC, New York, Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin, The Hague, Athens, Nicosia, Yerevan, Damascus, Tehran, Baghdad, Rojava, Cairo and Moscow in order to ensure that our readers in Turkey and all over the world have unrestricted access to news and information centered on Turkey and its relations with countries in the region.
With wholehearted belief in freedom of expression and editorial independence, we aspire to inform the world about Turkey and developments in the region, and to take part in the task of bringing Turkey into the world where it belongs.
We would like to thank in advance our teammates, who will strive to ensure that we tell the "truth," our writers, who will contribute their experience and expertise through their analysis and articles, and our readers, who we believe will support free journalism.
With the hope of delivering “gerçek/ the truth" to our readers not only in Turkey but also around the world...