Bozkurt left Turkey because of the crackdown on media outlets in the country after the failed coup this summer, and because he fears he would be jailed if he stayed.
"The government has shut down close to 2,000 media outlets from across the political spectrum, from the left to the right, so it became almost impossible to do my job, and so many of my colleagues have ended up in jail," he tells Radio Sweden.
He first came to Sweden on a visa this summer, thinking that he would stay here until the worst had blown over. The original plan was that the family would remain in Turkey, and that his wife and kids would continue with their lives there as normal. But then family members of other journalists were arrested, so they decided he would apply for asylum and that the family would join him here in Sweden.
Turkey has widely been criticised for its treatment of journalists after the attempted coup. In November, the board of Utgivarna, an association for Sweden's media companies, urged the Swedish government to do more for press freedom and independent media in Turkey. In an opinion piece in the daily Aftonbladet, they said that "Turkey is today the world's biggest prison for journalists".
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