Co-sponsored by: Willemsfonds & deMens.nu
Media freedom in Turkey has become a key topic of concern. Recent prominent cases such as the government takeover of the newspaper Zaman and the expulsion of foreign correspondents (Fréderike Geerdink, Silje Rønning Kampesæte, Claus Blok Thomsen, Hasnain Kazim) have highlighted the critical status of press freedom in the country. Control over media is not limited to the press, however. Websites such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, have been banned systematically after terrorist attacks and news sites of press agencies are permanently banned for covering certain issues. The Journalists’ Union of Turkey (TGS) has initiated a specific Women-LGBTI Commission to report about each case of violence against women in Turkey and fight against impunity for violence on women in the media in Turkey.
This panel discusses censorship and media freedoms in Turkey, share the views and opinions of female journalists drawing on the first-hand experiences of five prominent journalists specialised on Turkey. The panel not only exposes personal experiences of the speakers but also looks at the situation of media, women, journalism and freedom of expression in Turkey more generally.