Ismail Saymaz

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11, 1980
Rize, Turkey
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11, 1980 (age 41)
Rize, Turkey


Turkish investigative journalist known for his work with the newspaper Radikal. He has also published several controversial articles and books on the Turkish deep state and on Ergenekon. In 2010, he was involved in 12 legal cases carrying a total prison term of 97 years for his reporting on the Ergenekon trials. 

Before Fame

He first began his career as a journalist in May of 2002 when he started working for Radikal newspaper. He earned further recognition with his first book Postmodern Jihad in 2010 which connected the 2007 Zirve Publishing House Massacre and the 2006 killing of Andrea Santoro together. 


He has won several awards for his reporting including the Freedom of Press Award of the Turkish Journalists Association in 2010 as well as the Turkish Publishers Association's Freedom of Thought and Expression Prize in 2012. 

Family Life

He was born and raised in Rize, Turkey. 

Associated With

Cuneyt Özdemir and Ayse Arman are fellow revolutionary journalists from Turkey.