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10th Gathering

12 April 2016

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.

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9th Gathering

8 March 2016

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.

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8th Gathering

9 June 2012

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.

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7th Gathering

8 October 2010

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.

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6th Gathering

23 May 2009

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.

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5th Gathering

25 May 2007

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.

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