Metin Cihan

(Journalist from Turkey, JiR in 2021)


In my country, Turkey, which is nowadays among the worst press freedom violators in Europe, I came across ECPMF’s JiR Program when I was having a hard time and at risk due to my journalistic activities. When I arrived in Leipzig, I did not know exactly what awaited me. But they knew what I needed. In six months, I have made progress with my health, morale and professional development. Aside from the limitations because of the pandemic, I can say that it is an almost perfectly thought out and organised program. It was a chance to meet the dedicated and committed staff of this institution in this great city during one of the most difficult periods of my life. I will never forget ECPMF’s support.“

Photos: ECPMF / Andreas Lamm