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About Emily
Correspondent and video journalist based in Istanbul. I have been working as a writer and broadcast journalist for over 15 years with some of the world’s leading media organisations, delivering creative, high quality audio, video and digital storytelling to diverse audiences across the globe. 

A multimedia and multi-platform journalist by nature; I write, shoot, produce, present and edit my own pieces. I have been nominated three times for the Reuters Video Journalist of the Year Award, winning it once for my coverage of the growth of Daesh in Iraq. 

Hostile environment training: 2011 & 2015. Refresher 2022.
Gear: Sony A7siii, Adobe Premiere, professional radio equipment, iphone filming kit.
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Antisemitic incidents at all-time high, says Jewish charity

15 Feb 2024  |  www.channel4.com
A Jewish charity recorded over 4,000 antisemitic incidents in the last year, marking the highest number ever and nearly doubling the previous record. The surge in incidents coincided with Hamas attacks on Israel on October 7th. The Community Security Trust reported that most incidents involved abusive behavior, with 266 cases of assault and 182 of damage and desecration.

Israel warning to Hezbollah as it keeps up heavy Gaza attacks

28 Dec 2023  |  channel4.com
A member of Israel's war cabinet has issued a warning to Hezbollah about potential intensified military action along the Lebanon border in response to attacks on Israeli territory. Meanwhile, Israel continues heavy bombardment in Gaza, with the Hamas-run health ministry reporting 210 casualties in the last 24 hours.

Israel-Gaza war: Hamas says over 20,000 killed since October 7th

20 Dec 2023  |  www.channel4.com
The leader of Hamas is in Egypt for potential hostage and prisoner exchange negotiations. The United Nations Security Council in New York has delayed a vote on humanitarian access to Gaza for the third time due to disagreements over the resolution's wording. The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza reports that the death toll since October 7th has exceeded 20,000.

Camerawork shot with the Sony A7siii from Turkey and the wider region.

Correspondent showreel featuring packages and live reporting from Turkey, Israel and U.K.

Get a weekly round-up of stories from The Sunday Post

15 Oct 2023  |  The Sunday Post
The article recounts the harrowing experiences of Israeli citizens on kibbutzim near the Gaza Strip, where Hamas militants have caused significant loss of life and kidnappings. The community of Kibbutz Be'eri has been particularly affected, with a tenth of its population impacted. The Israeli public's anger is tangible, with no desire for ceasefire and a strong support for the IDF's forceful response. However, amidst the anger, there are voices like Ronnie Keider, a peace activist, who, despite the tragedy, still believes in the possibility of peace. The article also touches on the strategic shift of Israeli forces to the West Bank, which may have left the south vulnerable to the recent attacks. The events are compared to the Yom Kippur War and are seen as potentially shaping the future of the region.

Turkey-Syria earthquake: tens of thousands still missing under rubble

04 Oct 2023  |  www.channel4.com
The death toll from Monday's earthquakes in Turkey and Syria has surpassed 11,000, with tens of thousands more potentially trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings. The initially slow emergency response has drawn criticism towards President Erdogan, who has promised to rehouse the homeless within a year. The situation in the southern city of Antakya is dire, with diminishing chances of finding survivors.

Iranian football star Ali Daei says family were refused exit from Iran

01 Oct 2023  |  www.channel4.com
Ali Daei, a prominent Iranian football star, reported that his wife and daughter were prevented from leaving Iran while attempting to join him on holiday. The family was removed from a flight to Dubai after it made an unplanned stop in Iranian territory. Daei has been a supporter of the anti-government protests in Iran.

Romania's witches harness the powers of the web

01 Oct 2023  |  iTnews
Romanian witches, including Cassandra Buzea and her mother Mihaela Minca, are leveraging the Internet to conduct their ancient practices, offering services like love spells and tarot readings online. They have also engaged in political activism, using online rituals to protest against corruption in the Romanian government. The witches plan to continue their digital activism ahead of the European parliament elections. Romania is noted for its high levels of corruption, with the European Commission monitoring its judicial system since it joined the EU in 2007.

‘She wasn’t scared of anyone or anything’ – Anger rises over death of 16-year-old Iran protester

01 Oct 2023  |  www.channel4.com
Protests in Iran, ignited by the death of Mahsa Amini, continue to escalate following the death of 16-year-old Nika Shakrami. Nika's disappearance and subsequent death have fueled further anger among demonstrators. A close friend from Germany, who had been in daily contact with Nika, shared insights into her life and the circumstances surrounding her death.

‘Poor’ response from Home Office over migrant crossings, report finds

01 Oct 2023  |  www.channel4.com
Thousands of migrants have been arriving across the Channel in small boats for years, but the Home Office is still operating in 'crisis mode', according to a report by the independent Chief Inspector of Borders, David Neal. Despite unprecedented numbers of arrivals, Neal asserts that it is within the power of ministers and senior officials to deliver an effective response. The Home Office claims improvements have been made since the inspection.

Queen’s coffin procession ‘going to be full of emotion’, say soldiers involved in march

01 Oct 2023  |  www.channel4.com
Troops and military horses have been rehearsing for the Queen's coffin procession and the upcoming funeral. Soldiers involved in the march express the emotional significance of participating in this historic occasion.

UN calls for Iran to allow peaceful demonstrations after death of Mahsa Amini

01 Oct 2023  |  www.channel4.com
The United Nations has urged Iran to permit peaceful protests following the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who died after being detained by Iran's morality police for not wearing a hijab properly. The governor of Kurdistan province reported that three people were killed during the ensuing unrest, attributing the violence to unidentified armed groups.

Nineteen children have died from Strep A since September

01 Oct 2023  |  www.channel4.com
The UK Health Security Agency reported that 19 children have died from Strep A since September, with a significant increase in infections for this time of year. In response, the government has introduced a measure allowing pharmacists to dispense alternative forms of penicillin due to a shortage caused by the outbreak.

Over 200 heritage sites in Gaza destroyed, says Culture Ministry

01 Oct 2023  |  www.channel4.com
More than 200 heritage sites in Gaza, including an ancient harbour, mosques, and libraries, have been destroyed or damaged since October, according to the Palestinian Culture Ministry. The report highlights the cultural loss amidst the ongoing conflict, with Emily Wither documenting the extent of the destruction.

Ukraine claims break through of most difficult Russian defences

26 Aug 2023  |  www.channel4.com
Ukrainian troops have breached the most challenging line of Russian defences in the south, potentially accelerating their counteroffensive to reclaim territory. Despite calls for a faster pace, Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov insists on a strategic approach, prioritizing results over hasty actions that could result in unnecessary casualties.

Sara Sharif: Surrey Police working with officers in Pakistan to trace brother and uncle of ten-year-old found dead in Woking

23 Aug 2023  |  www.channel4.com
Sara Sharif, a ten-year-old girl, was found dead at her home near Woking, Surrey. She appeared withdrawn and was not attending school. Her father, Urfan Sharif, a taxi driver known in the local community, called the police from Pakistan where he had flown with his partner and brother two weeks prior. Surrey Police, in collaboration with officers in Pakistan, are attempting to locate Sara's father, partner, and uncle.

Three people die in mystery mushroom poisoning in Australia

10 Aug 2023  |  channel4.com
Three people have died and a pastor is critically ill due to a suspected mushroom poisoning in Australia. Erin Patterson, who hosted a lunch in July where the victims fell ill, is the prime suspect. The symptoms were consistent with the ingestion of the toxic death cap mushroom. Patterson claims to be unaware of the cause.

Major data breach at Police Service of Northern Ireland

08 Aug 2023  |  www.channel4.com
A significant data breach has occurred at the Police Service of Northern Ireland, revealing sensitive information.

Rhodes fires: flights cancelled as thousands of tourists and residents evacuated on Greek island

23 Jul 2023  |  www.channel4.com
An unprecedented fire evacuation is underway on the Greek island of Rhodes, with 19,000 people rescued from villages and hotels, including 3,000 evacuated by boat from beaches. The fire, which has devastated the mountainous interior, is now threatening coastal tourist areas. Authorities warn that the situation could worsen as temperatures are expected to rise to 45 degrees in the coming days.

Inside the Bibby Stockholm – the UK government’s ‘asylum seeker barge’

21 Jul 2023  |  www.channel4.com
The UK government has been focusing on reducing spending on hotel accommodations for asylum seekers by placing 3000 of them in alternative accommodations by autumn. The Home Office provided press tours of a barge, the Bibby Stockholm, which can house 500 people and is moored off the Dorset coast. Emily Wither boarded the barge to assess the situation and spoke with local residents who have varying concerns.

Zelenskyy denies Russian claims Bakhmut has fallen in G7 speech

21 May 2023  |  www.channel4.com
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, speaking at the G7 summit in Japan, refuted Russian claims that Bakhmut has fallen, asserting that Ukrainian forces still control part of the town. This follows Russia's announcement of capturing the city. US President Joe Biden highlighted the heavy Russian casualties in Bakhmut, estimating over 100,000. The summit underscored the ongoing conflict and the international community's stance on the situation.

Turkey election: President Erdogan faces runoff vote

15 May 2023  |  Channel 4 News
Turkey's President Erdogan is set to participate in the country's first presidential runoff vote after neither he nor his opposition, represented by Kemal Kilicdaroglu, achieved the required 50 percent for an outright win. Despite initial polls suggesting Kilicdaroglu's narrow lead, Erdogan secured the highest proportion of the vote, demonstrating his continued political strength.

Searching for my son

11 May 2023  |  www.bbc.co.uk
Following Turkey's earthquake in February, Syrian refugee Omar was separated from his son Ahmed amidst the destruction. Despite losing his firstborn and wife, Omar holds onto hope that Ahmed is alive. Many children were displaced, complicating the search for missing loved ones, especially for Syrian refugees facing language barriers and lack of resources. Fashion designer Nadine has shifted her focus to aiding Syrian families in their search. The story follows Omar's journey across South East Turkey, aided by Nadine's team, as they encounter both success and heartbreak.

Sudan: fierce clashes between the army and paramilitary forces

15 Apr 2023  |  www.channel4.com
Fierce clashes erupted in Sudan between the army and rebel paramilitary forces, marked by heavy gunfire and explosions in Khartoum. The Rapid Support Forces claimed control over the international airport and the Republican Palace. Residents reported chaotic scenes in the capital.

Finley Boden: Parents convicted of murder of 10-month old son

14 Apr 2023  |  channel4.com
Stephen Boden and Shannon Marsden have been convicted for the murder of their 10-month-old son, Finley Boden, who suffered 130 injuries including 57 bone fractures. The murder occurred shortly after Finley was returned to their care by social services in Derbyshire. He died on Christmas Day 2020.

Turkey Syria earthquake: death toll rising as ‘window of rescue’ closing

10 Feb 2023  |  www.channel4.com
The death toll from the devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria continues to rise, with survivors being pulled from the rubble now outnumbered by the dead. The World Health Organisation warns that more people could die from lack of essential supplies than from the initial quake. The first United Nations aid lorries have crossed into northern Syria, and UK charities are raising funds for emergency relief. The town of Kirikhan in Hatay Province was visited by Turkey’s Health and Defence Ministers.

Turkey quake: Voices call from under rubble as rescuers race to help

07 Feb 2023  |  www.channel4.com
Across the quake-affected regions, there is growing anger over the lack of aid as rescue teams struggle with the scale of destruction. Power outages have left people unable to use mobile phones, forcing them to use torches to search for survivors in the cold and dark. The city of Antakya in Hatay, near the Syrian border, is among the worst-hit areas.

Devastating aftermath of deadly earthquakes being felt across Turkey

06 Feb 2023  |  www.channel4.com
Emily Wither reports from Adana, a city in southern Turkey, detailing the devastating aftermath of deadly earthquakes that have impacted the region.

Countries impose stricter Covid rules on China arrivals

29 Dec 2022  |  www.channel4.com
Italy’s Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni has called on other EU countries to implement Covid testing for travelers from China, warning that Italy's efforts would be ineffective without broader European cooperation. Despite this, EU health officials have not reached a consensus on the matter. Meanwhile, China is experiencing a surge in coronavirus cases as it eases travel restrictions, and the UK government is monitoring the situation.

At least 19 dead in US winter storm

24 Dec 2022  |  channel4.com
An unprecedented winter storm is affecting millions in the United States during Christmas, with blizzards, flooding, and potentially record-breaking cold temperatures. The storm has resulted in at least 19 fatalities, left one and a half million people without power, and led to the cancellation of thousands of flights. The US weather service anticipates the coldest Christmas Eve on record for several cities.

Former Chinese president led out of Party Congress meeting

22 Oct 2022  |  www.channel4.com
Video footage shows former President Hu Jintao being unexpectedly escorted out of the Communist Party Congress, drawing global attention but little explanation. The incident occurred as President Xi Jinping, who is expected to secure a third term, was seated next to Hu.

Supreme leader of Iran blames protests on Israel and US

03 Oct 2022  |  channel4.com
The British Foreign Office has summoned Iran's diplomatic representative due to the violent suppression of protests in Iran. Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, accused the US and Israel of orchestrating 'riots' to destabilize the country. These comments come in the wake of protests triggered by the death of Mahsa Amini, 22, in police custody, marking the largest demonstrations in Iran in recent years.

‘She brought us together’ – public share tributes to Queen

19 Sep 2022  |  www.channel4.com
Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in London and Windsor, braving the autumn chill and camping out to catch a glimpse of the Queen’s cortege. This vast act of communal remembrance is a rare event, uniting people in tribute to the Queen.

Liz Truss promises energy crisis plan within one week if made Prime Minister

04 Sep 2022  |  Channel 4 News
Liz Truss has pledged to reveal a plan to address energy bills and prepare the UK for winter within a week if she becomes Prime Minister. She defended her tax-cutting policy as a means to grow the economy, despite criticism that it benefits the wealthy more than the poor. The Labour Party has criticized the lack of detail in her plan, highlighting the public's concern over the cost of living.

Drought fears as Met Office issues four-day extreme heat warning

10 Aug 2022  |  www.channel4.com
The Met Office has issued an amber extreme heat warning for much of England and Wales, starting tomorrow and lasting until Sunday. This is the longest warning of its kind so far, and while temperatures are not expected to reach the record highs of July, the prolonged heatwave poses an increased risk to vulnerable populations. The ongoing dry conditions are also adversely affecting agriculture.

New series of plays celebrates masculinity through the generations

06 Aug 2022  |  channel4.com
A new series of plays titled Boys! Boys! Boys! is celebrating representations of masculinity through the generations at the King's Head Theatre in North London. The season honors Britain's gay pioneers, including Quentin Crisp, an artist and activist known for his memoir 'The Naked Civil Servant', which had its first public performance at the same venue in 1975.

Iraq: Protesters storm Baghdad parliament

27 Jul 2022  |  www.channel4.com
Supporters of the populist Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr have stormed the parliament building in Baghdad, protesting the failure to form a government following the Iraqi elections last October.

Iran Stops Snap Nuclear Inspections

23 Feb 2021  |  www.ntd.com
Iran has ceased snap nuclear inspections by the UN, prompting warnings from a state-run newspaper about potential isolation due to radical actions. Despite ending the agreement for short-notice inspections, Iran will allow necessary monitoring for up to three months. Hardline lawmakers protested, citing a law demanding the end of inspections if sanctions were not lifted. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated Iran might enrich uranium up to 60 percent purity if needed, while denying any intent to seek nuclear weapons. The U.S. State Department expressed readiness to discuss returning to the 2015 nuclear deal.

Iranian home buyers dodge sanctions, make Turkey their plan B

01 Oct 2019  |  www.investing.com
Iranians are increasingly buying properties in Turkey to sidestep U.S. sanctions and protect their savings. The Turkish government's relaxed citizenship investment requirements have made it an attractive option, especially as U.S. and European policies become less welcoming. This trend has led to a significant increase in Iranian property purchases in Turkey, driven by economic pressures and the desire for a stable investment.

More Iranians buy homes in Turkey as a 'plan B' under sanctions

01 Oct 2019  |  The Christian Science Monitor
Iranians are increasingly purchasing homes in Turkey as a contingency plan amidst U.S. sanctions on Iran. Turkey's similar culture and ease of business registration make it an attractive destination. The Turkish government has lowered the property investment threshold for foreign nationals to gain citizenship, which has led to a surge in Iranian property buyers. Despite U.S. sanctions, Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan has stated that Turkey will continue to buy Iranian oil and natural gas. The number of properties purchased by Iranians in Turkey nearly doubled in the first eight months of the year, while residential property prices fell by 11.2% year-on-year in July.

Romania's witches harness the powers of the web

01 May 2019  |  uk.news.yahoo.com
Romanian witches are using the internet to conduct rituals and consultations, expanding their customer base globally. They have adapted traditional practices to digital platforms, including Facebook live streams. The witches, part of a community estimated to be around 4,000 strong, have also engaged in political activism, performing anti-corruption spells against Romanian lawmakers. Romania is considered one of the EU's most corrupt states, and the ruling Social Democrats have been criticized for reversing democratic reforms. The witches plan to continue their political rituals in conjunction with the European parliament elections.

Romania's witches harness the powers of the web

01 May 2019  |  Mail Online
Romanian witches are leveraging the Internet to conduct their ancient practices, including love spells and political rituals, reaching clients globally. The younger generation has embraced digital tools to expand their reach, while maintaining traditional methods. Recently, witches have focused on anti-corruption efforts, targeting Romanian lawmakers and planning rituals for the European parliament elections. Romania is noted for its high corruption levels, with the European Commission monitoring its judicial system.

Romania's witches harness the powers of the web

25 Apr 2019  |  www.firstpost.com
Romanian witches are leveraging the power of the Internet to conduct their ancient practices online, attracting clients globally. They perform rituals via video calls and livestreams, addressing issues like love, health, and money. Recently, they have also engaged in political activism, using online platforms to organize mass rituals against corrupt lawmakers. The witches plan to continue their efforts during the upcoming European parliament elections. Romania is noted for its high levels of corruption, with the European Commission monitoring its judicial system.

I did it for my daughter, says woman arrested for headscarf protest in Iran

14 Feb 2019  |  www.iol.co.za
Azam Jangravi protested Iran's compulsory hijab law by waving her headscarf on Tehran's Revolution Street, aiming to change the country for her daughter. Despite knowing the risks, including arrest and losing her job, she sought to challenge the gender norms established since the Islamic Revolution 40 years ago. After her protest, she was sentenced to three years in prison but managed to flee Iran with her daughter. Amnesty International reports that she was one of many women arrested for challenging the hijab law, with the government taking severe measures to suppress the campaign for women's rights.

I did it for my daughter, says woman arrested for headscarf protest in Iran

14 Feb 2019  |  ca.news.yahoo.com
Azam Jangravi protested Iran's compulsory hijab law by waving her headscarf on Tehran's Revolution Street, leading to her arrest and a three-year prison sentence for promoting indecency and breaking Islamic law. She fled Iran with her daughter Viana before her jail term began, seeking asylum. Amnesty International reported at least 39 women were arrested last year for hijab protests, with efforts to highlight the issue continuing despite government pushback.

I did it for my daughter, says woman arrested for headscarf protest in Iran

14 Feb 2019  |  news.yahoo.com
Azam Jangravi protested Iran's compulsory hijab law by waving her headscarf on Tehran's Revolution Street, leading to her arrest and a three-year prison sentence for promoting indecency and breaking Islamic law. Facing the threat of losing her daughter and imprisonment, she fled Iran and is now awaiting asylum. Amnesty International reported that Jangravi was one of many women arrested for hijab protests, highlighting the government's severe measures against activists. Jangravi was motivated by the desire for a better future for her daughter and was inspired by other women's acts of protest.

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