Media Freedom in Crisis: The Future of Journalism and Democracy in Turkey | Freedom House

Media Freedom in Crisis: The Future of Journalism and Democracy in Turkey

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Rayburn House Office Building
Room 2200
Washington, DC 20515

Bipartisan Policy Center Upcoming Event: 

Media Freedom in Crisis: The Future of Journalism and Democracy in Turkey

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
2200 Rayburn House Office Building

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Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has been increasingly successful in muzzling the country’s once outspoken press. The dramatic decline in press freedom in Turkey has included government-imposed bans on reporting on controversial topics, witch hunts against journalists amid accusations of "terrorism," and prosecuting journalists for stories perceived to be insulting to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. 

This assault on media freedom has escalated dangerously in the past several months, with the Turkish government demonstrating a willingness to seize control over entire news outlets—on March 4, a Turkish court ordered the seizure of one of Turkey’s most widely circulated opposition newspapers, Zaman. A newly released Bipartisan Policy Center report, Mechanisms of Control: How Turkey is Criminalizing Dissent and Muzzling the Press, discusses the issue.

Please join the Bipartisan Policy Center for a timely panel discussion with Turkish journalists about the state of press freedom in Turkey, and its impact both on Turkey’s democracy and its relationship with the United States.

Featuring:

Ali Aslan
Washington Correspondent, Zaman
@aliHaslan

Tolga Tanış
Washington Correspondent, Hürriyet
@tolgatanis

Amberin Zaman*
Columnist, al-Monitor; Former Economic Correspondent in Turkey
@amberinzaman

Nate Schenkkan
Project Director for Nations in Transit, Freedom House
@nateschenkkan

*Invited

 

 

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