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Report launch: PEN Norway Turkey Indictment Project Report 2021
Time: Wednesday 23 March, 15:00-17:00 CET
Location: The House of Literature, Oslo / live stream (the link to the live stream will be shared closer to the event)
ABOUT THE EVENT
PEN Norway has since Spring 2020 brought together legal experts from different countries, including Norway, Austria, the Netherlands, Italy, Turkey and the United Kingdom, as well as academics and experts on the ground in Turkey to study indictments in cases of journalists and civil society actors in Turkey. PEN Norway has further commissioned articles on the history of and current state of the judicial system in Turkey as well as the specific issues concerning the state of the freedom of speech.
The study asks whether these indictments meet domestic and international standards. After publishing 12 indictment reports in 2020, we have brought on a team of excellent international lawyers and scholars with great knowledge of the law and society of Turkey to examine 10 more recent indictments in 2021.
On 23 March 2022, PEN Norway will hold the launch of our Turkey Indictment Project Final Report 2021. At this event, we have invited distinguished experts from Europe and Turkey to discuss the current crisis in the rule of law and avenues for practical and effective advocacy to mitigate the further erosion of the rule of law. These interventions will be followed by a panel discussion with the focus on the ongoing fight for the right of freedom of expression in Turkey with the participation of unique experts from the field.
The event will be in English. It will be live streamed on PEN Norway’s website.
Welcome: Kjersti Løken Stavrum, President, PEN Norway
Introduction: Caroline Stockford, Turkey Adviser, PEN Norway
Interventions: The rule of law in Turkey and the Turkey Indictment Project
– Tora Pekin, Human Rights Lawyer, Turkey
– Hannah Beck, Lawyer, Austria
– Clarissa Fondi, Lawyer, Austria
– Tony Fisher, Lawyer, United Kingdom
BREAK: coffee/tea and snacks will be served
Panel conversation: The fight for the Right of Freedom of Expression:
The case of journalists, lawyers and students in Turkey today
– Barış Altıntaş, co-founder and co-Director, Media and Law Studies Association
– Deniz Yücel, journalist and publisher, WELT newspaper
– Berna Akkızal, Executive Director, Civic Space Studies Association
Moderator: Şerife Ceren Uysal, Turkey Indicitment Reports Supervisor,