Zozan Yasar, Oral History Interview, 2023

Zozan Yasar, Oral History Interview, 2023


Performer (Interviewee)

Zozan Yasar


Dr. You Li

Geographic Location

United Kingdom


Zozan Yasar is a Kurdish journalist based in the United Kingdom who focuses on Middle East politics, refugees, and women. Her work has appeared in the Guardian, BBC, The New Humanitarian Practice Network, and the Voice of America, among others.

Yasar attempted to establish a freelance career in the U.K. right before the pandemic started. A veteran journalist covering the Middle East in Turkey but relatively new to the U.K., she encountered many challenges including financial instability, online harassment, lack of network, isolation, and mental breakdown during the pandemic. In this interview, she recalled the traumas she experienced as a Kurdish woman journalist and compared the challenges she faced in the Middle East and the U.K.

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Kurdish journalist, U.K., Middle East, Turkey, social media, online harassment, misinformation/disinformation, freelance journalist, gender stereotype, gender disparity, mental health, women in journalism, COVID-19, pandemic, Eastern Michigan University Archives


Eastern Michigan University Archives

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Zozan Yasar, Oral History Interview, 2023