Olive harvest in Gaza. October 2017. Credit: Asmaa Elkhaldi

Who are we?

The Turban Times is an award nominated web magazine. We share compelling, nuanced stories from the wider MENA region – from Turkey to Yemen, from Morocco to Afghanistan.

Launched in Copenhagen in 2016, our web magazine aims to provide an alternative to war and conflict focused media coverage. The MENA region and its peoples is so much more than war and destruction. We share stories, perspectives and ideas. We focus on youth, minorities, culture, human rights, and more, with a fresh and human angle.

How do we work?

Though they come from a range of backgrounds – from media professionals and academics to citizen journalists, activists, bloggers, and artists – our volunteer-based team are all passionate storytellers. All our writers aim to share untold stories and perspectives from a region they know intimately.

Our mission is to create a platform for intersectional dialogue and promote intercultural understanding and interaction through our stories.

Our values

The Turban Times is dedicated to bringing nuanced stories from the wider MENA region to a global audience. Curiosity, accountability, credibility, and transparency are key elements in our work. We do not exclude topics that may be regarded as controversial or taboo, unless it is considered directly harmful and/or violating.

The Turban Times subscribes to the IFJ (International Federation of Journalists) Declaration of Principles on the Conduct of Journalists.

This international Declaration is proclaimed as a standard of professional conduct for journalists engaged in gathering, transmitting, disseminating, and commenting on news and information in describing events:

1) Respect for truth and for the right of the public to truth is the first duty of the journalist.

2) In pursuance of this duty, the journalist shall at all times defend the principles of freedom in the honest collection and publication of news, and of the right of fair comment and criticism.

3) The journalist shall report only in accordance with facts of which he/she knows the origin. The journalist shall not suppress essential information or falsify documents.

4) The journalist shall use only fair methods to obtain news, photographs and documents.

5) The journalist shall do the utmost to rectify any published information which is found to be harmfully inaccurate.

6) The journalist shall observe professional secrecy regarding the source of information obtained in confidence.

7) The journalist shall be aware of the danger of discrimination being furthered by the media, and shall do the utmost to avoid facilitating such discrimination based on, among other things, race, sex, sexual orientation, language, religion, political or other opinions, and national or social origins.

8) The journalist shall regard as grave professional offences the following:

  • plagiarism;
  • malicious misrepresentation;
  • calumny, slander, libel, unfounded accusations;
  • acceptance of a bribe in any form in consideration of either publication or suppression.

9) Journalists worthy of the name shall deem it their duty to observe faithfully the principles stated above. Within the general law of each country the journalist shall recognize in professional matters the jurisdiction of colleagues only, to the exclusion of every kind of interference by governments or others.

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Our project is driven by passionate, volunteer-based team members who all believe strongly in the importance of a fresh, alternative, and human-focused journalistic project and work hard to realize our objectives and visions.

We’re always open to support and cooperations of any form:

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