16. april: Pressefrihet i Tyrkia – møte med journalisten Gürkan Özturan

Norsk PEN inviterer til møter med den tyrkiske journalisten Gürkan Özturan. Özturan er redaktør og daglig leder i den uavhengige internasjonale nettavisen Dokuz8NEWS.

PRESS FREEDOM IN TURKEY?

Tid: Mandag 16. april kl. 18.00
Sted: Nedjma, Litteraturhuset, Oslo

Gürkan Özturan will give a brief introduction to the history of press in Turkey starting with the printing press, early days of censorship, social development and publications in Turkey in the republican years. Moving on to the background on the development of contemporary media since 1970s and how the situation has been deteriorating in the last two decades continuously hitting rock bottom very recently.

The program will end with a discussion on possible ways out of the current flood, the alternative media and citizen initiatives for right to accurate, reliable and verified information.

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.

Programmet er gratis og åpent for alle. Ingen påmelding.
Arrangementet på Facebook.

17. april: Media freedom violations in Turkey

Gürkan Özturan is the executive manager of dokuz8news

MEDIA FREEDOM VIOLATIONS IN TURKEY

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.

Fellesappell til kongen av Nepal

29.08.2005

 

King Gyanendra
Narayanhity Royal Palace
Kathmandu, Nepal

c/o press@ntc.net.np

Re: Reinstate Press Freedom in Nepal

Your Royal Highness,

The Norwegian Union of Journalists (NJ), Human Rights House Foundation (HRH) and the Norwegian PEN Centre are deeply concerned about the systematic and aggressive attacks on press freedom in Nepal.

Since February 1, civil rights, including freedom of speech and expression, have been systematically eroded by the government in direct contradiction of international standards and rights guaranteed in the Nepalese constitution.

It has become clear that the government is sanctioning the use of threats, violence, detention and censorship against the media community in Nepal either through the direct government action or inaction in the face of press freedom abuses.

The comprehensive control being exercised over press rights has resulted in around 2000 journalists becoming unemployed, and put many journalists under the continual threat of arrest and violence.

Policies limiting government advertising and other revenue sources for the media, have impacted on the independence of the media and bans of the broadcast of news on FM stations have directly deprived the people of Nepal of valuable sources of information.

It is completely unacceptable to allow the harassment, intimidation and censorship of journalists in Nepal: their safety and right to free speech should be guaranteed under the democratic principles that you claim to adhere to.

The Norwegian Union of Journalists, Human Rights House Foundation and Norwegian PEN will – together with IFJ affiliates and other organisations opposed to your sanctions – be participating in a Global Day of Action for Press Freedom in Nepal on August 30 to express our solidarity for this cause.

We urge you to take notice of the global support for press freedom in Nepal and immediately reinstate press freedom in Nepal as a fundamental democratic right.

A strong, free and independent media will in turn support democracy in Nepal.

Yours sincerely

Ann-Magrit Austenå/s.    Carl Morten Iversen                Maria Dahle
president, NJ                  secretary general,N-PEN        director,  HRH

CC.: Minister for Information ( info@hmgofnepal.gov.np )
Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs