Friends, Turkish media bid farewell to Hürriyet reporter Gülden Aydın
Aydın, a leading journalist who unveiled several harassment and abuse incidents and reported from conflict zones in neighboring countries, succumbed to pancreatic cancer on March 19, following a one-and-a-half years of battle with it.
Her brother Gazi Aydın said Gülden Aydın never compromised impartial journalism.
“She was a reporter chasing the truth, made sure not to publish a story without confirming its truth and never made compromises to anyone,” he said.
A funeral was held at the Beşiktaş Cemevi in central Istanbul, before Aydın was laid to rest at the Zincirlikuyu Cemetery in the district of Şişli.
Gülden was born in the Divriği district of the Central Anatolian province of Sivas in 1958.
A Faculty of Letters graduate, she worked as a Turkish language and literature teacher for a short time before beginning her journalism career at the 2000’e Doğru news magazine in 1988.
She also worked at Hürriyet newspaper and Aktüel magazine.
Aydın took up a senior position as the news editor of Akşam newspaper in 2002, before returning to Hürriyet in 2004.
Aydın had received several journalism awards and unveiled numbers of scandals, including the rape of seven minors at a primary school in the southeastern province of Siirt, which resulted in the trial of nearly 100 men.
She is the author of “Yeryüzü Yanılgısı,” a poetry book that roughly translates to “The Earth Delusion.”