DIYARBAKIR, Turkey—The Armenian Weekly welcomes its new correspondent, Gulisor Akkum, who will regularly file reports from Diyarbakir/Dikranagerd.
Akkum is a journalist based in Diyarbakir. She received her sociology degree in 2003 from Dicle University. Her first article for the Armenian Weekly, titled “Let’s give Armenians what we took from them,” appeared in the paper’s April 2009 magazine.
Since October 2012, Akkum has been filing reports and photographs for the Weekly on the hunger strike of Kurdish prisoners, protests in the south-east of Turkey, as well as Armenian-related news, such as the opening of the bell tower of the Sourp Giragos Church and the launch of the second installment of an Armenian language course in Diyarbakir.
“The Armenian Weekly appreciates Ms. Akkum’s dedication to providing accurate reporting to our readers worldwide, despite the difficult conditions in the southeast of the country,” said Weekly Editor Khatchig Mouradian. “Last week alone, her camera was confiscated and the police erased the photos she had taken during a protest in Diyarbakir,” he added.
Akkum will also periodically contribute opinion pieces for the Weekly.