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Symposium on media freedom in Turkey

Friday 19 May 2017
Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Lorentz Hall (A144)

On Friday 19 May, Leiden Law School will organise a symposium on the freedom of the media in Turkey. Against the background of a tense political situation following the attempted coup d’état in Turkey, the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe adopted, in March 2017, an opinion on the measures provided in the recent Emergency Decree Laws with respect to freedom of the media.

The Venice Commission was not alone in expressing concern: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) ranked Turkey 155 (out of 180 countries) in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index. So what is happening in Turkey, and how can the current situation be explained? Four speakers will shed light on the situation: 

  • Onur Ada MA (PhD fellow, Turkish Studies, Leiden) – historical background of the press freedom in Turkey
  • Prof. Martin Kuijer (chair in human rights, VU Amsterdam) – the Venice Commission and the media freedom in Turkey
  • Muratcan Sabuncu (International Law Master at Sorbonne) – a personal account: the case of Cumhuriyet Newspaper
  • Uğur Derin MA (PhD fellow, Turkish Studies, Leiden) – Internet censorship

Following the presentations there will be ample opportunity for discussion. The meeting will be chaired by prof. Rick Lawson (chair in human rights, Leiden).

Time: 15:15 – 17:00 hrs, followed by a reception.

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