About me
I am a freelance journalist an have been
working as a freelance fixer for foreigner media
in Turkey since 1999. I can work as a  fixer,
researcher, coordinator, location manager and
translator. I also can do any kind of pre
production work need to be done before your
filming.
I am based in Istanbul but can work anywhere
in Turkey and in Northern Iraq. I speak
Kurdish, English, Turkish, German, Persian
and some Arabic. I also can arrange camera
crew, equipment and transportation and can
help you to get filming permission.
If you are planning to film a documentary or a
news programme in Turkey and would like to
know more about filming in Turkey, please
don't hesitate to contact me. I will be happy to
write you back.
Memet Aksakal
Mobile Phone: +90 533 334 77 96
memetaksa@gmail.com
Experienced freelance fixer in Turkey for news stories and documentary films
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Syrian refugees in Hatay, Antakya. October 2011
Turkey Syria border, Cilvegozu border gate. Working
for VOA, December 2011
Syrian refugees in Hatay, Antakya. June  2011
Syrian refugees camp in Hatay, Yayladagi
Coming to Turkey-Syria border for news about Syria?
I am Based in Istanbul and at Turkey-Syrian border at the moment.
If you are planning to go to Syrian border for news about Syria and Syrian refugees,
and looking for someone to work with you, in Hatay, Kilis, Gaziantep, Sanliurfa or
happy to give you info and working with you.

memet@memetaksakal.com
Mobile Phone: +90 533 334 77 96

Info about Hatay-Antakya

Hatay has border with Syrian provinces Idlib and Lattakia.
The name of Province is Hatay, the center of the province is  known as Antakya but
many people in Turkey call the city also Hayat. So Hatay and Antakya are the same
city.
-There are several flights from Istanbul and Ankara to Hatay everyday.
Turkish airlines       
www.thy.com
Anadolujet               www.anadolujet.com
Pegassus airlines  www.flypgs.com

There are 5 Syrian refugee camps in Hatay province.
Yayladagi 1 and Yayladagi 2 camps
Altinozu camp
Boyunuyogun (Bakhshin) Camp
Apaydin camp (Syrian high range military defectors stay at this camp)

As of Janurary 2013, in total around 13.000 Syrian refugees are staying at 5 camps
in Hatay province.
Ottoman palace hotel
It is a spa hotel around 10 km away from the city
http://www.antakyaottomanpalace.com/

Grand Antakya Hotel
4 stars, good location
http://www.buyukantakyaoteli.com/eng/defaulteng.asp

Narin Hotel
4 stars good location
http://www.narinhotel.com/

Anemon Hotel
An business hotel not in the center of city
http://english.anemonhotels.com/otel.aspx?otel=anemonantakya

Savon Hotel
It is in the old part of the town, an old factory has been turned into hotel
http://www.savonhotel.com.tr/eng/savon_hotel/savon_hotel.html

Liwan Hotel
In city center, an old building turned into hotel
http://www.theliwanhotel.com/iletisim.asp

Anemon Hotel
Not in city center
http://www.anemonhotels.com/otel.aspx?otel=anemonantakya

Antik Beyazit Hotel
It is use to be an mension before made a hotel
http://www.antikbeyazitoteli.com/

Antik Grand Hotel
In city center
http://www.antikgrand.com

Mozaik hotel
In city center
http://www.mozaikotel.com/

Onur Hotel
In city center average low price
http://www.onurhotels.com

Orontes hotel
Average low budget hotel
http://www.oronteshotel.com/
Working at Syrian border
Hatay
Links of the work I have done around Syrian border
Work I have done for American PBS around Syrian border in November 2012
As Kurds Fight for Freedom in Syria, Fears Rise in Turkey of Following Suit

Civil War Next Door: Syrian Conflict Tests Turkey

For Syrians Enduring the Harsh Conditions of War, Turkey Acts as Lifeline

Work I have done with Mr. Bobb Scott  around Syrian border for VOA in October
and November 2012

Syrian Refugees Resented by Some in Turkey

Turkey's Kurds Want More Freedoms, Autonomy

Work I Have done at Turkey Syrian border with Mr. Henry Ridgwell for VOA

Covert Smuggling Trail Arms Syrian Rebels, August 10, 2012

Kurdish Gains in Syria Rattle Turkey August 06, 2012

For Refugees Who Flee Aleppo, Turkish Camps Await August 03, 2012

Turkey Closes Syrian Border Posts as Fighting Draws Near July 25, 2012

Fighting Rages in Syria, Turkey Closes Key Crossings July 25, 2012

Turkey Appeals To Russia As Syrian Violence Spikes July 18, 2012

Syrian Rebels Claim Advances July 17, 2012

Syrian Refugees Watch Violence Unfold From Border Camp  July 16, 2012

Syrian Kurds Could Tip Scales of Syrian Conflict  March 28, 2012

Wounded Rebel Fighters Escape Syria for Treatment March 26, 2012

Border Traders Hit Hard by Syrian Sanctions, Violence  December 20, 2011

Turkish-Syrian Border Becomes Haven for Syrian Opposition December 18, 2011

Refugee Crisis Mounts in Turkey as Syrian Violence Escalates  June 11, 2011

Turkish Villagers Watch Syrian Crisis Unfold  June 10, 2011

Work I have done with Mr Henrt Ridgwell in Iraqi Kurdistan for VOA in October and  
November 2102

Religious Minorities Find Sanctuary in Kurdistan

Kurds Have New Hopes Amid Mideast Changes

Iraq's Kurdish Region Sees Economic Boom

Syrian Crisis Drives Kurdish Push for Independence

Links of some other work I have done at Turkey Syrian border
The Australian Newspaper March 2011
Turkey Syria border

Pictures by Timo Vogt February 2011
Kourine Village in Idlib February 22. 2012

Swedish TV, SVT Oct 2011
Syrain refugees in Hatay
Hotels in Hatay-Antakya
I am normally based in Istanbul but
since January 2012 I am mostly working
at Turkish-Syrian border. If you are
planning to come to the border area for
work, please don't hesitate to contact
me, I will be happy to give you any kind
of info and working with you.

December 2012
Australlian ABC TV                                 Location: Kilis oncupinar, yayladagi, Rehyanli Hatay-Antakya
-GPD Dutch news agency                    Location: Sanliurfa, Suruc, Gaziantep, Hatay-Antakya, Samandagi

November 2102
American PBS TV                                  Location:  Antakya  Yayladagi, Reyhanli, Samandagi, Gaziantep,               
                                Ceylanpinar, Nusaybin, Madin
-VOA                                                          Location: Kilis, Gaziantep, Hatay Antakya, Ceylanpinar    

October 2102
-VOA                                                          Location: Kilis, Gaziantep, Hatay Antakya, Ceylanpinar, Diyarbakir
ARTE TV                                                   Location: Kilis Oncupinar, Yayladagi, Reyhanli, Hatay-Antakya
-El mundo Spanish  newspaper         Location: Hatay Antakya, Samandagi

September 2102
Washington Post                                    Location: Hatay, Antakya

August 2012      
-Danish Newspaper                              Location: Kilis, oncupinar
-Swedish Radio                                      Location: Kilis Oncupinar, Syria Azzaz city
-CCTV                                                       Location: Kilis, Gaziantep, Hatay Antakya, Ceylanpinar
-VOA                                                          Location: Kilis, Gaziantep, Hatay Antakya, Ceylanpinar                    
-Swedish TV   
                                         Location: Kilis, Gaziantep, Hatay Antakya                           
-Helsingin Sanomat newspaper         Location: Kilis, oncupinar

July 2012
-GPD Dutch news agency                    Location: Kilis oncupinar, yayladagi, Rehyanli Hatay-Antakya
-Swedish Radio                                      Location: Kilis Oncupinar, Yayladagi, Reyhanli, Hatay-Antakya
-VOA                                                          Location: Kilis, Gaziantep, Hatay Antakya, Yayladagi
-El mundo Spanish  newspaper         Location: Viransehir, Akcakale, Mursitpinar,Ceylanpinar, Nusaybin
-GPD Dutch news agency                    Location: Kilis

June 2012
-Journalism students from Chicago   Location: Hatay, Antakya
-SVT Swedish Television                       Location: Hatay Antakya, Yayladagi, Reyhanli, Altinozu

April 2012
-RT Television                                         Location: Hatay Antakya, Yayladagi, Reyhanli, Altinozu
-Der Spiegel                                            Location: Hatay, Antakya
-SVT Swedish Television                      Location: Hatay, Antakya
-Ansa med Italian news agency          Location: Hatay Antakya, Yayladagi

March 2012
-Dutch Newspaper Trouw                    Location: Hatay Antakya, Yayladagi
-VOA                                                          Location: Kilis, Hatay Antakya, Yayladagi, Rehyanli, Altinozu          
-GPD Dutch news agency                    Location: Kilis, Hatay Antakya, Yayladagi, Rehyanli, Altinozu
-Indonesian TV one Television           Location: Hatay Antakya, Yayladagi, Reyhanli, Altinozu
-The wall Street Journal                        Location: Hatay, Antakya
-The Australian Newspaper                 Location: Hatay Antakya, Yayladagi

February 2012                            
-BBC International                                  Location: Hatay Antakya, Yayladagi
-Timo Vogt, Photoghraper                     Location: Hatay Antakya, Yayladagi