Who’s afraid of free speech in Turkey?

Who’s afraid of free speech in Turkey?

Wednesday, 11 May 2016 - 5:00pm
Seminar Room, European Studies Centre, 70 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HR
Deniz Ulke Aribogan (St Antony's College, Oxford)
Ezgi Başaran (St Antony's College, Oxford)
Mehmet Karli (Galatasaray University Law School, Istanbul; Centre for International Studies, Oxford)
Othon Anastasakis (St Antony’s College, Oxford)
Othon Anastasakis (St Antony’s College, Oxford)

In association with Free Speech Debate, Dahrendorf Programme for the Study of Freedom, St Antony's College, and Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Oxford

Deniz Ulke Aribogan is a professor of International Relations at Istanbul University and a Senior Fellow of CRIC (Center for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict), Harris Manchester College,  also an academic visitor of St Antony's College at University of Oxford. Prof. Aribogan was assigned to the Wisemen Committee (head of Marmara region) by the Turkish government, established for the Kurdish Peace process in 2013, as a result of her work on the issue of building peaceful solutions to terrorism problems over several years. Prof. Aribogan is the author of 9 books and several academic articles as well as daily pieces. Prof. Aribogan holds a PhD and MA in International Relations from Istanbul University, Institute  Social Sciences. She also studied in security issues and completed the Terrorism and International Security School at St. Andrews University.

Ezgi Basaran is a journalist and columnist from Turkey, whose main focus areas are Kurdish issue, human rights violations and women's rights in Turkey. She will give a general picture of government crackdown on the Turkish media through variety of examples and practices.  

Mehmet Karlı is an expert on international law. His work and research focus on such topics as international economic law, international arbitration, international human rights law, globalization and international law, protection of human rights in Turkey and Turkish foreign policy. After completing his LL.B degree at Galatasaray University, Mehmet completed his M.Jur, M.Phil and DPhil degrees at the University of Oxford. As an Assistant Professor of International Law at Galatasaray University he teaches classes on international law, international economic law and international human rights law. Mehmet advised sovereign clients as well as multi-national corporations in several international disputes concerning construction and energy sectors, and international trade. His articles on his areas of expertise appear in national and international newspapers, and he is a frequent media commentator.

Read Timothy Garton Ash's article  Free speech is under attack, from Beijing to Istanbul in the Guardian.

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