The Editor-In-Chief Of Yeni Bakis

Oskar Hartmannov
Sunday 17 July 2022
Last Updated 2022-07-18T06:28:33Z

Mr. Yusuf Kisa President of GIFA Holding gives an in-depth interview with Ms. Deniz Abidin / Photo file. 
Yeni Bakis newspaper is one of the most popular newspapers in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC). There are a number of daily, and weekly as well as online newspapers in Northern Cyprus. With some publishing in Turkish, English, or both two languages. 

About Yeni Bakis

Yeni Bakis is a daily newspaper published in the TRNC and has wide coverage in Turkey. It is a part of GIFA Holding Limited, which is on the American Stock Exchange. Yusuf Kısa, who is also the President of GIFA Holding, is a founder and the Editor-in-Chief of the  Yeni Bakış newspaper founded on 24th December 2014. Yeni Bakis's rich legacy is inspired by the staff's commitment to upholding the highest standards of journalism. The brand is indeed expanding internationally, and this reflects Kisa's true testament of entrepreneurial spirit and creativity.

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Yeni Bakis's major franchises include WebTv, online news, and print media. Yeni Bakis led a major expansion of the screaming media, including the establishment of a 24/7 newsroom and video operation. The paper has a wide circulation on the island distributed in schools, hotels, restaurants, hospitals, at airports (Ercan international airport), and is also available from newsagents across the whole island.  

Unlike other newspapers, Yeni Bakis has taken a political stance of neutrality that formed a unique foundation in all impartial news reportings and affiliation to any political party. Yeni Bakis commands an online readership of over 1 million readers, while print circulation is estimated to reach 286, 867 in Cyprus and in Turkey. Marking one of the most trusted and well-established daily newspapers on the island after Cyprus Today.

In December 2016, during the 2nd Anniversary celebration of the Yeni Bakis, the glamorous event was attended by governmental dignitaries, public officials as well as members of NGOs and the business community. At the ceremony, there were TRNC Minister of Health Faiz Sucuoğlu, Minister of Tourism Fikri Ataoğlu, Minister of Public Works and Transport Kemal Doğru, TDP Chairman Cemal Özyiğit, BKP Chairman İzzet İzcan, and some few deputies. NTB President Mehmet Harmancı was also there plus the representatives of Non-Governmental Organizations.  

As Editor-in-Chief of the Turkish and English-language daily newspapers, Yusuf Kisa welcomed the government officials and people who attended the event at GIFA building headquarters in Hamitkoy, Lefkosa on 24 December 2016. At the same time, Yusuf Kısa also thanked Yeni Bakis's senior executives and employees: ''Yeni Bakis has completed its second year without compromising its principles, therefore the newspaper will continue on its way in line with the same principles and aspirations'', said Yusuf Kisa.  After the welcoming speeches, the newspaper's Editor-in-Chief Kisa cut the 2nd birthday cake and pop some champagnes together with the employees.

Yeni Bakis's front and back pages 16 / 05/2022. 
In 2017, Kisa oversaw a year-long transformation of the Yeni Bakis from an informal newsagent into a well-established media giant. Kisa who has more than 25 years of experience in international media organizations, started his business career in the United Kingdom and worked in Poland, French, Turkey, Russia, and Cyprus. Kisa is an innovator and investor at the same time with multiple investments in the United States. He has worked at the most senior level in financial consultancy and he is an award-winning businessman.

Moreover, his legacy and credit for accomplishments largely lie with his team that supports him, especially senior staff, Ufuk Çağa, Deniz Abidin, and ultimately all the people working behind Yeni Bakis's editorial team. Yusuf Kisa has also worked extensively in close collaboration with various advertisers on content promotion and forming a liaison tie with other mainstream media such as Anadolu, Hürriyet, Milliyet, Sabah, Fanatik, Güneş, Cumhuriyet, Yarına Bakış, etc.  

Popular Newspapers in TRNC

  • Cyprus Today
  • Yeni Bakış 
  • Diyalog
  • Kıbrıs Postası
  • Star Kıbrıs
  • Kıbrıs 
  • Havadis
  • Yeni Düzen


I have a chance to speak to one of the editorial staff and here I want to express my gratitude to all Yeni Bakis's journalists, columnists, freelancers, photographers, and writers – what they do is unbelievably wonderful, especially in this climate, and their work makes everything possible. Above all, they are deeply respectful of journalism itself, even when that journalism leads us to places that make their jobs even harder, frustrating, and endured sleepless nights. 

It has been a privilege knowing and working hand in hand with them. It’s not hyperbolic to say Kisa’s vision and leadership defined a strong voice that is playful, witty, and wise. It's in this regard that, Yeni Bakis's editorial news earns the trust and enthusiasm of the great audience. Yeni Bakis always strives for authenticity and authority in every output.

Your coverage of Cyprus – not just on the island but also in many other regions and countries like Turkey and Azerbaijan it's just shockingly good. Being a fearless, and honest publisher in reporting all events that evolving so rapidly on the right and the left you are absolutely showing what actually happening in real-time. And you do this with impartiality!

Moreover, your reporting proves that you love the people of this country, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), and your works did a lot to define its contemporary affairs, incredibly, again showing how competitive your coverage is. The look of your work, across both print and digital, is gorgeous and original to the core. “We are thrilled that the Editor-In-Chief will continue his outstanding works. Under Kisa’s leadership, the Yeni Bakis has achieved strong profitability and now reaches the largest audience in its history, around the world.”

Kisa’s prodigious abilities have been instrumental in guiding the launch, growth, and transformation of the Yeni Bakis newspaper. He has overseen or contributed to initiatives including building partnerships and mentoring editorial staff members. We can all attest to the spirit of good humor, empathetic kindness, and thoughtfulness the Editor-in-Chief brings in everything he touches. And it might not surprise you to learn that Kisa’s entrepreneurial spirit has driven him to actual entrepreneurship: he’s developed a successful side-hustle as co-founder of GIFA Token as well as other projects under his belt.

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