Nazlı Ilıcak

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Nazlı Ilıcak
Ayşe Nazlı Çavuşoğlu

(1944-11-14) 14 November 1944 (age 74)
OccupationJournalist, writer
Kemal Ilıcak
(m. 1969; died 1993)

Emin Şirin
(m. 1994; div. 2003)

Nazlı Ilıcak (born Nazlı Çavuşoğlu; 14 November 1944) is a prominent Turkish journalist and writer. She was a deputy of the Virtue Party, elected in the 1999 Turkish general election, losing her seat when the party was banned in 2001.

Private life[edit]

Nazlı Ilıcak was born 1944 to Muammer Çavuşoğlu [tr], a politician and former government minister, and his wife İhsan in Ankara, Turkey. She has a brother Ömer Çavuşoğlu.[1]

She attended TED Ankara College, completed her secondary education however at Lycée Notre Dame de Sion Istanbul. Ilıcak studied Political Science at University of Lausanne.[1]

In 1969, she married to Kemal Ilıcak, publisher of the daily Tercüman. She became mother of two from this marriage. Her husband died in 1993 due to brain-bleeding. Ilıcak remarried one year later to Emin Şirin. Her second marriage ended in 2003 with divorce.[1]


She entered journalism after her father's death in 1972. After working in various posts at Tercüman, she became publisher of the tabloid Bulvar. She later wrote for the newspapers Meydan, Hürriyet, Akşam, Yeni Şafak, Takvim, Sabah and Bugün.[1]

Ilıcak and a dozen other prominent journalists lost their jobs in 2014 because they criticized the government.[2]

Ilıcak was a deputy of the Virtue Party, elected in the 1999 Turkish general election, losing her seat when the party was banned in 2001, and being banned from office for five years.[3][4] Her case at the European Court of Human Rights, Ilıcak v. Turkey (no. 15394/02), ruled this a violation of her human rights.[5][6]

Ilicak continued writing anti-government articles defending Fethullah Gulen movement after the December 17/25 incidents in 2013. She was arrested in July 2016 as a part of ongoing purges after 2016 Turkish coup d'état attempt.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d "Nazlı Ilıcak Biyografisi". Herkul Haber (in Turkish). 16 June 2015. Archived from the original on 18 June 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "True journalism fights for survival under gov't carrot-stick policy". 15 March 2015. Archived from the original on 15 March 2015. Retrieved 25 July 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "Turkish News - Latest News from Turkey". Hürriyet Daily News. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  4. ^ "World Press Review - Turkish News - Virtue Party - Saadet Party - Kutan - Erdogan". Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  5. ^ European Court of Human Rights, CHAMBER JUDGMENTS: KAVAKÇI v. TURKEY, SILAY v. TURKEY and ILICAK v. TURKEY
  6. ^ "Turkish lawmakers wear headscarves in parliament for first time since 1999". Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  7. ^ Johnston, Chris; Forsdike, Josy (30 July 2016). "17 Turkish journalists charged with terror group membership". Retrieved 23 May 2019.