Crackdown: Independent Media and Civil Society in Turkey and Azerbaijan | Freedom House

Crackdown: Independent Media and Civil Society in Turkey and Azerbaijan

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 4:00pm

Freedom House
1850 M Street NW,11th Floor,
Washington, DC 20036

 

Crackdown:
Independent Media and Civil Society in Turkey and Azerbaijan 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 
4:00pm-5:30pm 

Freedom House 
1850 M St NW, 11th Floor 
Washington, DC 

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The governments in both Turkey and Azerbaijan face numerous pressures, from the impact of economic and commodity price downturns, to empowered citizens demanding accountability from governing elites, to threats of extremism. Although the two governments differ in many ways, both have traditionally been interested in pursuing a modern, European future for their countries -- and have shown a similar commitment to threatening, harassing, and jailing civil society advocates, journalists, and independent media outlets, restricting their ability to freely report on events and hold governments accountable for their actions. 

Introductory Remarks 
Dr. Robert Herman 
Vice President for Regional Programs, Freedom House 

Participants 
Arzu Geybullayeva 
Istanbul-based blogger and freelance journalist 
2015 Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellow at RFE/RL 

Jeff Goldstein 
Senior Policy Analyst for Eurasia 
Open Society Foundations 

Richard Kraemer 
Senior Program Officer, Middle East & North Africa Program 
National Endowment for Democracy 

Nate Schenkkan 
Program Officer for Eurasia 
Freedom House 

Moderator 
Martins Zvaners 
Deputy Director of Communications & External Relations 
RFE/RL, Inc. 

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