Turkish journalist wins SEEMO Human Rights Award

The South East Europe Media Organization (SEEMO has named Bulent Mumay, editor-in-chief of hurriyet.com.tr, as the winner of its Human Rights Award.

Source: SEEMO
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Mumay was recognized for his human rights-oriented editorial approach and his dedication to the rights of Turkish citizens, said the organization, an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI).

The website is "widely believed to represent the views of many different groups in Turkish society and, through its news reporting, contributes to the promotion of fundamental rights in Turkey," SEEMO said in a statement.

Hurriyet.com.tr’s reports became increasingly important throughout 2013, in the face of mounting pressure from the authorities and a challenging time for the country. A team of some 30 journalists work for the news portal, the organization said.

Besides being chief editor of hurriyet.com.tr, Mumay has also worked as a copy editor and international editions editor of the Hurriyet daily newspaper; an editor of ntvmsnbc.com, and a deputy chief editor of the Radikal newspaper.

The award will be presented by Oliver Vujovic, SEEMO secretary-general, on December 4 in Istanbul.

The SEEMO Human Rights Award was established in 2002 in connection with International Human Rights Day marked on December 10.

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