After almost 15 years of journalism in the Netherlands, at the end of 2006 I moved my office to Turkey. The first story I made in Turkey, in the fall of 2004, was about different generations of Turkish women in a central-Anatolian town.
Since living and working in the country, I’ve written for a wide range of media in the Netherlands. Among the most important are the national Dutch news agency (ANP), several weekly opinion magazines and monthly magazines about human rights, as well as women’s magazines. Besides that, I’m a fixer for TV-stations that come to Turkey and need all their work to be arranged before they actually fly in.
My main fields of interest are women’s lives, human rights, minorities and politics. The articles on this site have all been published in the Netherlands. I translated them for publication on this site. You can read about my journalism work also in this article.
Since August 2012 I am based in both Istanbul and the biggest city in the Kurdish southeast of Turkey, Diyarbakir. I specialize in the Kurdish issue. I plan to publish a book about that in 2014, also in English. You can get more information about it (and donate to the project!) on the website I launched, KurdishMatters. Now and then, I talk about the Kurdish issue in Turkish media. You can find a list of those media performances here.
You can contact me on f.geerdink AT gmail.com or call +90 538 983 1872. My Skype name is frederikegeerdink.
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