Who we are?

We are a passionate group of journalists, broadcasters, streamers, bloggers, innovators and digital content creators who have come together to improve the working conditions and assert the rights of those who innovate, inspire, and engage on digital platforms.

MINT is a nonprofit membership association registered in Turkey that transcends traditional boundaries in the world of media. We connect journalism, new media, technology, and innovation, including cutting-edge AI, in the media industry. Our unique blend of expertise, backgrounds, and experiences fuels the innovative spirit that drives us forward.

Exclusively for high-quality Digital Content Creators

What sets MINT apart is our exclusive focus on high-quality digital content creators. Whether you’re a seasoned broadcaster or a budding YouTuber or blogger, we’re here to serve your unique needs. We understand the challenges and opportunities you face in the ever-evolving digital landscape. MINT is your dedicated partner in navigating this exciting journey.

Our team

Mustafa Kuleli, the general secretary of the Journalists’ Union of Turkey (TGS), was elected in 2013 as the youngest labour union head. At the age of 28, he successfully launched a communication campaign to reestablish the image of TGS and to rejuvenate the union, to make it more attractive among young journalists. Under his leadership, the TGS managed to secure new collective agreements in several media outlets and promoted fair working conditions and press freedom. A graduate of Bilgi University’s School of Journalism, he has worked for various media organisations, including the Evrensel Daily, Hayat, TV8 and IMC television channels, NTV, Diken and Duvar news websites. He is the founder of Journo.com.tr, and has been its edior-in-chief since 2015. In 2019, The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) elected Kuleli to its Steering Committee with the highest number of votes.

Mehmet Köksal is a professional journalist, manager and translator (in French, English, Flemish and Turkish) with extensive experience in project management at the international level. After graduating from the Faculty of Journalism and Communication at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in 2000, he worked as an investigative journalist for several mainstream media organisations. In 2015, he led EU-funded projects on press freedom for the International and European Federation of Journalists, organising joint events and campaigns with journalists’ trade unions in the Balkan countries and Turkey. Since 2019 he joined the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) and works as head of the Communications and Publications unit. He has full-time professional experience in democracy-related projects and programmes managed by international non-profit organisations active in civil society. He was Vice-President of the Belgian Union of Journalists and is currently Chairman of the Board of Journalism Fund Europe.

Gizem Gücüyeter is a distinguished legal professional specializing in a range of legal domains, with a particular focus on intellectual property rights, copyright, press freedom, right to broadcast, business law, and criminal law. She is known for her expertise and commitment to delivering top-notch legal consultancy services in Turkish, English, and French.

Orhan Şener Deliormanlı, born in Bulgaria, moved to Turkey in 1989 and completed his education there, including a master’s at City University London and a doctorate at Galatasaray University. He currently serves as the director of TGS Academy, supported by the European Union, and teaches part-time at Bahçeşehir University’s New Media Department. His career spans various roles in journalism, media, and communication. He has taught at multiple universities, worked as a local editor for Insideturkey.news and the Balkan Investigative Research Network, and contributed to Journo.com.tr and Newslabtr. Deliormanlı has also written on topics like digital public space, podcasting in journalism, and misinformation, contributing to the discourse on press and freedom of expression globally.

Deniz Aytekin was born in İzmir in 1984; she studied philosophy at Boğaziçi University. During her time there, she began writing for art & culture magazines and editing books. In 2011, she became the chief editor at Yeşilist, starting her journey in digital publishing. She writes about climate crisis, ecology, and sustainability for various publications, both in print and online. In addition to literary translation and editing, she focuses on promoting ecological literacy through her work.

Mehmet Şafak Sarı graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Communication and has been a journalist for 15 years. At the same time, He has been working on national and international projects in the fields of new media and communication technologies, information disorder, media literacy, and digital security, he also provides thematic pieces of training. Sarı, who has worked as a trainer and expert in digital transformation, new media, and media literacy projects with institutions such as TGS Academy, um:ag, Sivil Düşün EU Program, TACSO, is currently the news manager and digital communication officer at yeniarayis.com. He is a 2020 graduate of the Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists Research and Investigation as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) run by the US Department of State.