17. april: Media freedom violations in Turkey

Gürkan Özturan is the executive manager of dokuz8news


Tuesday 17th April at 13:00
Venue: Redaksjonsområdet UiB, 2. etasje, Media City Bergen

We welcome to a conversation with Gürkan Özturan and Nuray Yildirim Gullestad, the chair of Norwegian PEN avd. Vestlandet, about how freedom of speech has been constricted and how critical journalism copes and adapts to the circumstances, in Turkey under Prime Minister, now President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Our guests will reflect on the impact of the broad variety of restrictions on free speech, which are applied in Turkey, and how a democratic opposition can survive in the next year and a half, as we approach the next General Election in Turkey.
The conversation is moderated by Iver Ørstavik, senior adviser at the Rafto Foundation for Human Rights.

Gürkan Özturan is the executive manager of rights-focused independent citizen journalism platform dokuz8news which publishes news emerging from social platforms & human rights networks across Turkey, and recently started a project on Developing Data Journalism Capacity, in the shadow if the increasing repression of critical voices in Turkey. He has studied in Istanbul, Uppsala, Nice and Berlin. His academic and activist expertise is right wing populism and digital rights & liberties, and he is published and interviewed by many of the major news outlets. Özturan is a board member for Turkey Europe Foundation, and also contributes to the work of several other NGOs.

Arrangert av Norsk PEN Vestlandet i samarbeid med Raftostiftelsen og Universitetet i Bergen.

12. juni: The price of free speech in Turkey- A conversation with Leyla Zana

Photo: Hans Jørgen Brun
– Rafto Laureate 1994 and Kurdish MP in Turkey Leyla Zana in conversation with Nuray Yildirim Gullestad of Norwegian PEN

Introduction by Eugene Schoulgin ofNorwegian PEN

Place: Litteraturhuset in Oslo, Wergeland room.
Organiser: Rafto Foundation and Norwegian PEN

Leyla Zana is a fiercely independent spokeswoman for peace, democracy, and the right to self-determination for the Kurdish people. She has a remarkable story to tell, starting with her childhood growing up in rural Turkey, continuing through marriage at the age of 15, entry into Kurdish politics, her election to the Parliament in 1991 followed by ten years in prison, and finally the roller coaster ride of Turkish and Kurdish politics since Akp became a dominant party in 2002. Her life in politics is framed by the two of the most dramatic events in recent Turkish history – the coup of 1980 with its brutal aftermath, and the attempted coup of 2016, the aftermath of which is still ongoing. Zana is living in Diyarbakir.Nuray Yildirim came to Norway from Turkey as a political refugee in 1998. She is another remarkable Kurdish woman, working at the Norwegian Directorate of Integration and Diversity (IMDi) on some of the most demanding challenges facing women, such as honor killings and forced marriage. She is also a writer, works on her Masters thesis on the participation of Kurdish women in political, and leads the western division of Norwegian PEN, based in Bergen.