Graduated from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory’s conductorship undergraduate program, İbrahim Yayan later began working as a reporter in independent online outlet Medyascope, in 2017.
Excelled in sound engineering and video production, Yayan’s journalism repertoire quickly expanded while Turkey experienced a period of economic crisis and disarray. While following national politics closely, Yayan covered a wide range of issues, which includes environmental disputes, mining disasters, forest fires, bombings, and streams of immigration.
- 2017 referendum, 2018 parliamentary and presidential elections, 2019 local elections,
- 2019’s series of mass protests against gold-mining project in Canakkale,
- 2021’s streak of forest fires on Mediterranean coast,
- 2022 Bartin-Amasra Mining Disaster,
- 2022 Istanbul Istiklal Avenue Bombing,
- 2023 Maras Earthquake
are among the most notable events İbrahim Yayan covered.
- Medyascope (Online news outlet) – 2017-2023
- Human trafficking, human trafficking routes through Turkey
- Politics in Turkey
- Occupational health and safety
- Mining sector, mining safety and regulations
- Environmental decision making procedures, environmental hazard
- Crisis reporting during natural disasters and their aftermaths
Notable works and publications
Investigation: İbrahim Yayan explores the life around two of the three largest coal-powered thermal plants in Turkey. The plains of Elbistan (Maras) used to be one of the most fertile agricultural basins of Anatolia, but things changed drastically following the arrival of two huge coal-powered thermal plants. The dwellers of Elbistan speak out on the everyday perils of living mega pollution sources, and one of the coal power plant workers tells about life and death in Elbistan. (Appeared in Medyascope on May 20 2022)
Exposé: İbrahim Yayan finds out how tourism agencies and different sorts of intermediaries provide visas to Iraqi immigrants in Turkey, through forged documents and made-up personal stories. (Appeared in Medyascope on Nov 25 2021)
Exposé: In Zonguldak, Turkey’s once mining capital, İbrahim Yayan speaks to a mine worker, who testifies about the poor safety conditions and lack-there-of regulations in the city’s many coal mines. The mine worker who became heavily wounded at a recent firedamp explosion, reveals the debt-bondage-like condition that forces debtors to risk their chances at illegal coal mines, for a shot at salvation. (Appeared in Medyascope on January 17 2023)
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