Nil Köksal


Nil Köksal is the host of World Report, CBC's flagship national radio news show. She begins her mornings with more than a million loyal listeners. She returned from her post as CBC’s foreign correspondent in Turkey in 2018.

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Carleton PhD student detained in Turkey, accused of inciting protests

Cihan Erdal, a permanent resident and PhD student in Ottawa, is now being held in a detention centre in the Turkish capital, accused of inciting protests. Carleton University and his family are pushing for his release.

Tired of being seen as 'bad guys,' Riz Test creators seek 'human portrayals' of Muslims on screen

Tired of seeing Muslims portrayed as terrorists or oppressed women in TV and movies, a U.K. film buff co-created the Riz Test. Named after British actor Riz Ahmed, it evaluates films and TV shows on how they portray Muslim characters — as nuanced complex human beings or stereotypes.

Could Turkey's Erdogan Era be ending?

Sunday's presidential election in Turkey is so pivotal that almost half of the three million Turks living outside the country have already marked their ballots.

'Terrifying': How a single line of computer code put thousands of innocent Turks in jail

In post-coup attempt Turkey, being linked to a secretive messaging app has cost thousands of Turks their jobs, their freedom or worse, writes Nil Köksal.

Inside St. Nick's church in Turkey, where the bones of the man who inspired Santa may be buried

More than 1,600 years after his death, there is still a dispute about where St. Nicholas's remains may be.

Syrian feminists fight for say in postwar peace talks

Women make up half of Syria's population, but so far have had little say in the conversations about what comes next for their country, Nil Köksal writes.

Unpaid Zara garment workers say they still haven't seen a cent

Workers who stuffed pleas into pockets of clothing sold at Zara say they still haven’t been paid despite promises of compensation.

Who is Reza Zarrab? Turkish-Iranian gold trader may be working with Mueller investigation of Michael Flynn

The case surrounding Reza Zarrab involves allegations of money laundering, bribery, secret deals, death threats and new identities - and he may well have something to say about former U.S. national security advisor Michael Flynn.

Stung by secularism, now defending it: A Muslim feminist worries about Erdogan's 'new Turkey'

A feminist and a devout Muslim, Berrin Sonmez knows what can happen in Turkey when piety becomes political, writes Nil Köksal.

On trial for supporting terrorist groups, Turkey's journalists fight back

Seventeen newspaper staff on trial this week in Istanbul are just a fraction of the more than 150 journalists in custody in Turkey. They are accused of supporting terrorist groups, but is it terrorism or journalism that's on trial?

The $5 T-shirt that could get you detained in Turkey

A pair of teenagers are the latest in a series of Turks pulled into police custody for wearing a mass-market message-T. Authorities believe the T-shirt signals support for those allegedly behind last summer’s failed coup.

Destiny, duty and democracy: Turkey a year after the failed coup

Their government survived last summer's botched coup, but millions in Turkey say they are enduring a coup of a different kind under an ongoing state of emergency. Nil Köksal speaks to people who faced the coup plotters in the streets and to those who've criticized the government's actions over the last year.

1 village, 2 mayors: Pyla shows peace is possible in Cyprus

A new generation of Cypriots may be ready for peace, but will old wounds sabotage the latest efforts to reunify the island?

Why Trump will likely leave Erdogan empty-handed

It will be a clear collision of The Art of the Deal and “America First” when U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the White House Tuesday.

Looking for 'a way out': Turkey mulls a 'Trexit'

It is a relationship defined by awe and anger, but now a new blow threatens Turkey-Europe relations. What's next, and why it matters to the world.