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11th Gathering in Istanbul for Freedom of Expression
The 10th Istanbul Gathering for Freedom of Expression, organized biennially by the Initiative for Freedom of Expression has been held on 9-10 April 2016 at Intercontinental Istanbul, Bosphorus Room in collaboration with Bianet, Transparency International and Truth, Justice and Memory Center.
Organized by the Initiative for Freedom of Expression, the 9th Istanbul Gathering for Freedom of Expression was held on May 24 and 25 at Bilgi University Santralistanbul Campus.
The 8th Gathering started with the declaration of eight international and 22 national institutions from five continents, on the situation of freedom of expression in Turkey. Eugene Schoulgin (International PEN) , William Nygaard (International Publishers Association), Emma Sinclair Webb (Human Rights Watch) and Andrew Gardner (Amnesty International) made the opening speeches. Following the four forums on four different aspects, "Human Rights", "Media", "Literature, Arts and Publishing" and "The New Constitution"; prominent people such as Noam Chomsky, John Berger, John Coetzee, Lydia Cacho, Tarık Ali, Paul Auster came to the screen via Skype connections.
Organised every two years by the Initiative for Freedom of Expression an İstanbul Gathering for Freedom of Expression concluded. The last one held between the 8th and 10th of realized in collaboration with İstanbul Bilgi University Human Rights Law Research Center and hosted by the Metropolitan Municipality of İstanbul.
The sixth gathering in Istanbul for Freedom of Expression took place on 23 and 24 May 2009. The gathering is organised by the Initiative for Freedom of Expression and gathered the sufferers of repression in Turkey with the rights defenders from Europe and Black Sea countries.
The 5th Gathering was dedicated to the memory of the murdered Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, and its specific focus was Freedom of Expression in the Region. Guests from International and National PENs, IPA, a.i., HRW, Freemuse, Article 19, Index on Censorship and Freedom of expression activists from neighbour countries Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Iran were among 32 foreign participations.