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An Inside Look into the World of Cryptocurrency in Turkey with the Founder of QuazarCoin

“Any words that have ‘currency’ in them attract a lot of attention from certain governmental institutions.”

 – Orhan, QuazarCoin Founder


It is only 1 am as I wake up with my body stiff and my brain screaming: “Go back to sleep!” While it is still nine hours before the flight takes off, I remember that it is a couple of hours of driving to the airport and I have to check-in two hours before an international flight from the E.U.

My name is Iman Mirbloki and I’m an investigative reporter.

Actually, it’s the first time I am going out into the field since 2007. Just a few days ago, I was the CSO (Chief Security Officer) at one of the oldest Bitcoin exchanges in the world, namely BTCX Sweden.

However, after a year as CSO and CTO (Chief Technological Officer) before that, I felt it was time to move on and do something new. I had already started working as a freelance reporter for a Swedish news-agency part-time when still at BTCX, but it was boring domestic political reporting. I missed the thrill and the adventures as a journalist from the old days, and it had been itching in my head for years now. My Press-ID was still valid a few more weeks, so I had no trouble going back, but this time it was different.

The reasons for which I left reporting in 2007 were very complex. I was behind or in front of a camera back then. Now I was supposed to write and investigate, and that is a very different (and difficult) world. If picture is worth a thousand words, then 25 images are, well, about twenty-five thousand words every second.

But as an investigative reporter, it is rare to get people’s attention and most of the time nobody wants to talk to you. It is much different when the TV-camera is rolling, however, because everybody wants to shine. They want their 15 minutes of fame on TV. While questioning people with a pen and paper is not as dramatic.

I had reported from many corners of the world and...

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