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6th Gathering

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...
23 Mayıs 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.
On the first day of the gathering witnesses told their stories. Mahmut Alınak, Temel Demirer, Abdurrahman Dilipak, İbrahim Özdabak, Doğan Özkan, Serkis Seropyan, Mehmet Tursun, Alp Selek, Bora Bengisu, Mehmet Baransu told what happened to them. Wide range of witnesses and the law articles under which they are charged exposed the state of freedom of expression in Turkey. In the afternoon of the first day Andrew Gardner from Amnesty International, Emma Sinclair Webb of Human Rights Watch, Eugene Schoulgin of PEN International, Alexis Krikorian of International Publishers Association, and Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu from MAZLUMDER made presentations. In the last session of the first day, Professor Turgut Tarhanlı moderated a panel discussion by Prof. Dr. İbrahim Kaboğlu, Assoc. Prof.Yaman Akdeniz, an Assist. Prof. Asuman A. İnceoğlu on ‘Discriminatory Expressions, Threat of Discrimination by the means of Informatics and Freedom of Expression’.
The second day was opened by Murat Sungar retired Ambassador, and First Deputy of Gen. Sec. of BSEC. NGO representatives from Black Sea Economic Cooperation countries conveyed the state of freedom of expression in their countries, problems and struggles. Prof. Yaman Akdeniz moderated a panel discussion ‘Discriminatory Discourse in media in BSEC countries and freedom of expression’. Entela Safeti Kasi from Albania, Nouneh Sarkssian from Armenia, Emin Huseynov from Azerbaijan, Ognian Zlatev from Bulgaria, Zaza Gachechiladze from Georgia, Ioana Avadani from Romania, Oleg Panfilov from Russia and Kostiantyn Kvurt from Ukraine examined the situation in their countries.