Online Panel Discussion via Zoom

Event Info

The Contemporary Turkey Studies Program of the newly founded Center for Comparative Research on Democracy at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin invites you to an online panel discussion on the topic:

Freedom of the Press in Turkey: Challenges and Implications

An International NGO 'Reporters without Borders' (Reporters Sans Frontières, RSF) ranked Turkey 157th out of 180 countries in their '2019 World Press Freedom Index'. RSF claims that Turkey is "the world's biggest jailer of professional journalists" and that "the authorities are tightening the vice on what little is left of pluralism".

With our panel on "Freedom of the Press in Turkey – Challenges and Implications", we want to look at the topic from different angles. What is the current situation regarding press freedom and independent media in Turkey? Is the government's strategy one of suppressing critical journalism or at the same time creating their own positive coverage? What are the consequences of increasing political pressure on free press for other fundamental rights and democratic life in general? What possibilities do exiled journalists have in covering the political situation in Turkey from abroad? What are other strategies in or outside Turkey to deal with the difficulties in journalism in Turkey?

To answer these questions we want to bring journalists and scholars together to shed light on the current conditions of free press, independent media and journalism as a profession.

This event will be held in English. It will take place online via ZOOM on Thursday, 28 January, 5:30pm (CET).
To register, please follow this link.

Mehveş Evin: Media Crackdown Continues: How Are Journalists Criminalized?
Esra Arsan: Alternative News Media in Turkey: Limits and Potentials
Elisabeth Kimmerle: Transnational Solidarities and Journalism from Abroad. The Experience of taz.gazete

Gülçin Balamir Coşkun

Speakers and Moderator

Mehveş Evin
Istanbul based journalist Mehveş Evin is a writer, free lancer and podcast host. Starting her career in 1993, she worked as a reporter, editor, managing editor, digital news editor and column writer in Turkish mainstream media until 2015.
Evin covers press freedom, politics, human rights, environmental and women's issues. Her first book "From A to Z: How did we get here?" (Kara Karga Publications) which focuses mainly on social and political challenges between 2002-2018 was published in August 2018.
Mehveş regularly writes for artigercek.com, duvarenglish.com and hosts a podcast show for kisadalga.net.
She has a bachelor's degree in Psychological Counseling (Bogazici University, 1993) and an e-MBA degree (Bilgi University, 2006).

Esra Arsan
Assoc. Prof. Esra Arsan received her Ph.D from the Institute of Social Sciences, Department of Journalism of Marmara University, Turkey. She has worked as a lecturer in journalism at Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey, between 1998 and 2017. Between 2012 and 2017, she worked as a researcher and gave courses for the graduate students of the Cultural Studies program at the same university. She is a former fellow of Thomson Reuters Institute of Journalism in Oxford. Her research interests are political communication and the practice of political journalism in Turkey. Due to current political crisis and government's pressure on the universities in Turkey, she has resigned from her position at Istanbul Bilgi University in January 2017, moved to Aegean part of the country, and started working as an independent scholar. Arsan has tree books published: Medya Gözcüsü (Media Watch), AB ve Gazetecilik (EU and Journalism) and Medya ve İktidar (Media and Power-with Savaş Çoban).

Elisabeth Kimmerle
Elisabeth Kimmerle studied Philosophy, German Language and Literature, and Journalism in Freiburg, Leipzig and Istanbul. After her traineeship at the daily newspaper taz, she worked as a co-project manager and editor for the bilingual Turkish-German online project of taz, taz.gazete. Currently, she is working on her PhD project on democracy in Turkey from a transnational gender perspective at the Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam.

Gülçin Balamir Coşkun (Moderator)
Gülçin Balamir Coşkun received her undergraduate degree from Galatasaray University and MA degree from University Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne. She holds a PhD degree from International Relations Program at Istanbul University. Her research focuses on authoritarianism, media, rule of law, and refugees. Her last article on media capture strategies in Turkey has recently been published in Publizistik. She currently works as an Einstein Fellow at the Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.