Yiğit Bulut (born 1 January 1972, Keşan, Edirne Province) is a Turkish journalist and (since July 2013) a senior advisor to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. He was editor-in-chief at news channels Habertürk TV (2009 to 2012) and Kanal 24 (2012 - 2013). He was also a contributor to the daily newspapers Radikal (2001 - 2007), Vatan and Referans (until 2009), Habertürk (2009 - 2012) and Star (2012 - 2013). He was appointed a senior advisor to current President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan while he was serving as Prime Minister in July 2013. His appointment drew criticism for remarks he had made about the 2013 protests in Turkey that had alleged various conspiracies aimed at toppling Erdoğan, including a claim that foreign forces were trying to murder Erdoğan using "telekinesis (remote influence) and other methods".
Background and personal life
Bulut's father Mustafa Bulut was elected a deputy for the Justice Party in 1977. Bulut is a graduate of the Galatasaray High School and Bilkent University, and did his master's at the Sorbonne University.
Bulut wrote columns for the Doğan Media Group's Radikal daily from 2001 to 2007. Bulut also wrote for the group's Vatan and Referans newspapers, and presented a show on the group's CNN Türk station. In June 2009 he left the group, after some of his articles criticising the Editor-in-Chief of Hürriyet, another Doğan newspaper, were censored. He transferred to the Ciner Group's Habertürk newspaper and Habertürk TV television station, becoming Habertürk TV's editor-in-chief until January 2012.
In 2010, at a Prime Ministerial meeting with journalists, Bulut asked Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for a regulator for internet and print media, an equivalent to the RTÜK for radio and television, to allow more government control over print and internet media. The proposal was sharply criticised by many in the media.
After leaving Habertürk in 2012 Bulut later became editor-in-chief of the Star Media Group's news channel Kanal 24, and a columnist for its Star newspaper before being appointed chief advisor to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in July 2013.
He said about the 2013 protests in Turkey that had alleged various conspiracies aimed at toppling Erdoğan, including a claim that foreign forces were trying to murder Erdoğan using "telekinesis and other methods".
- Habertürk, 18 June 2013, "Amaç Erdoğan'ı devre dışı bırakmak"
- Daniel Dombey, Financial Times blog, 9 July 2013, Erdogan's right-hand conspiracy theorist: why his appointment matters
- Bloomberg, 10 July 2013, Can Erdogan's Enemies Kill Him With Their Minds?
- Radikal, 14 July 2013, Telekinezi dünyanın dilinde: Bu bir şaka değil!
- odatv.com, 15 June 2013, Başbakan Erdoğan'ı telekinezi yöntemiyle öldürmeye çalışıyorlar
- guncel24.com, 18 June 2013, Yiğit Bulut kimdir
- Milliyet blog, 10 July 2013, Yiğit Bulut şimdi Başdanışman!
- sondakika.com, Yiğit Bulut Biyografisi
- radikal.com.tr, Yiğit Bulut: köşe yazıları arşivi
- Today's Zaman, 25 June 2009, Journalist parts ways with DMG after being censored
- Hurriyet Daily News, 28 September 2010, Internet media group rebukes censor-seeking Turkish journalist
- Hurriyet Daily News, 9 July 2013, 24 TV editor-in-chief, columnist and anchor Yiğit Bulut appointed PM's chief adviser
- Today's Zaman, 9 July 2013, Former critic becomes PM Erdoğan's top aide
- Foreign Chefs on Turkish TV are Spies: Erdogan Advisor