Worldfocus producer Gizem Yarbil writes about the recent detention of Kurdish human rights activists and politicians in southeast Turkey. Yarbil argues that the arrests threaten a fragile reconciliation process.
Bryan Myers, Producer
Bryan Myers has been producing network television news and documentaries for nearly 25 years. Most recently, he was a lead producer for the PBS news magazine program “NOW.” Bryan also worked at ABC News for 19 years, most of them as a producer for Ted Koppel’s “Nightline,” producing a mix of breaking news, feature stories and special series programming. Bryan has received nine Emmy Awards for reports ranging from the environment to Clinton’s presidential victory, and a Peabody award for a special series on the capture of Cambodian dictator Pol Pot. Bryan holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he also served as a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business and Economic Reporting.
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Correspondent Gizem Yarbil and producer Bryan Myers recently traveled to the Kurdish enclave of Diyarbakir in eastern Turkey for a closer look at the allegations that the Turkish government had engaged in a so-called "dirty war" against the Kurds.
Worldfocus producer Gizem Yarbil, who grew up in Turkey, writes about the experience of reporting from the Kurdish areas of that country. A recent court ruling has reignited clashes between the Kurdish minority and Turkish authorities, and the issue remains a polarizing one in Turkey.
Correspondent Gizem Yarbil and producer Bryan Myers report on how traditional religion and modern democracy are trying to coexist in Turkey, where growing religious groups are championing Islam's ethical and moral values. Secular critics are branding these religious groups as fundamentalist.
Worldfocus correspondent Gizem Yarbil reported on female soccer players in Turkey and shares how women are pioneering a place in the traditionally male-dominated sports soccer and weightlifting.
Worldfocus producer Bryan Myers is currently reporting from Turkey. He writes from Istanbul about the country's love for one of its most famed figures, Kemal Ataturk, who appears on everything from office buildings to lapel pins and souvenirs.
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