Özkır graduated from the Department of Journalism in the Faculty of Communication at Marmara University in 2003. His Master thesis and PhD dissertation were titled The Way of Conveying Palestine-Related News in Media, and History, General Publication Policy and Identity of Hürriyet Daily, respectively. He concentrates on structural transformation of Turkish media, media-politics relations, and the impact of social media on social events. Özkır is also a columnist, and Assistant Professor at the Department of Media and Communication Systems in İstanbul Medipol Universitys Faculty of Communication. He also works as a researcher at SETA.
Turkey is heading to the polls on Sunday to vote for its president and parliament members. Almost 55 million voters are expected to participate in the elections. The political parties had formed alliances months ago before the election campaigns kicked off.
Deep prejudice and the absence of objectivity exhibited by the Western media against Turkey are major problems; but Turkey should never give up in the attempt to remind prejudiced media managers of the fundamental principles of journalism and the simple facts and rules of democracy.