Gürkan Özturan was trained in the field of European Studies as a researcher on radicalization and polarisation during his master’s degrees at Centre International de Formation Europeenne and Istanbul Bilgi University. Özturan previously worked as a journalist and executive manager at dokuz8NEWS and frequently appeared on international media as a commentator on Turkey and digital rights. He has served as board member for various anti-racism and rights-focused civil society organisations and social movements in Turkey. Currently he is a board member for Turkey-European Foundation, Media Research Association, Trauma & Life Association and Red Ribbon Istanbul. Özturan is a registered member of the Journalists Union of Turkey and International Federation of Journalists. Özturan currently works as the coordinator of Media Freedom Rapid Response at the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom in Leipzig, Germany.