Turkey: Fighting for journalists rights and freedoms in a politically polarized country 17 and 18 September 2015 –Istanbul

International Conference on Press Freedom and Labour Rights in Turkey TGS – Journalists Union of Turkey, IFJ – International Federation of Journalists, EFJ – European Federation of Journalists, TGC – Journalists Association of Turkey, Jailed journalists, threshold for collective bargaining, no freelancers rights, refusals of press cards, restrictions of accreditation, growing prosecutions, less freedom to publish.
Turkey: Fighting for journalists rights and freedoms in a politically polarized country 17 and 18 September 2015 –Istanbul

Conference languages: Turkish and English
Conference venue: Nippon Hotel Istanbul, Taksim

Contacts:
Turkey : tgs@tgs.org.tr
International : mehmet.koksal@ifj.org
Campaign to decriminalise Turkish Journalism , to free speech and protect work place rightsproject which receives the financial support of the European
Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) Program managed by the European Commission.All responsibilities regarding the contents and the actions belong to the authors only and should not be considered as reflecting the views of the European Union.

Thursday, 17 September 2015
08:30 – 9:00: Welcome coffee
09:00 – 10:00: Opening and welcome speeches by
Ugur Güç, TGS President (Journalists Union of Turkey)
Jim Boumelha, IFJ President (International Federation of Journalists)
Turgay Olcayto, TGC President (Journalists Association of Turkey)
10:00 – 10:30: Keynote speakers
Can Dündar,editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet daily newspaper

From Charlie Hebdo cartoons to investigative reporting, how to run a daily newspaper and digital media against oppressive political and judicial systems in Turkey? (draft)

10:30-10:45 : Question time
10:45-11:00: Coffee break
11:00 – 11:30 Presentation: Mustafa Kuleli, General Secretary of TGS

What the Journalists Union of Turkey has done for journalists since one year? TGS Annual
Report on Press Freedom and Labour Rights

11:30 – 13:30 Panel I: Campaigns onPress Freedom in Turkey, what is working and what
is not? moderator: Ugur Güç, TGS President

Hakki Boltan, representative from Free Journalists Association.Defending journalism in Kurdish region and peace journalsm

Erol Önderoglu, Bianet-RSF,a Turkish experience on regular monitoring press freedom issues. Methodology to cover imprisoned journalists and prosecuted journalists.

Yıldız Tar (Kaos GL), Defending freedom of expression and reporting as LGBT journalist

Frederike Geerdink (Dutch reporter based in Diyarbakir), on the importance of solidarity and trade unions in the work of foreign correspondents in Turkey.

Arne König (former EFJ President), on press trials monitoring and addressing the difficult question on the divided journalistic community in the country.

Steven Ellis, IPI Director of Advocacy and Communications, Need to change Turkey’s criminal defamation/insult provisions

Campaign to decriminalise Turkish Journalism , to free speech and protect work place rightsproject which receives the financial support of the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) Program managed by the European Commission.All responsibilities regarding the contents and the actions belong to the authors only and should not be considered as reflecting the views of the European Union.
13:30 – 14:30:Lunch
14:30 – 15:45 Panel II: Labour rights, recruitment and trade unionism in the Turkish media
sector. Moderator: Mehmet Koksal, EFJ Project Officer.
Sibel Günes (TGC) Building effective alliances, uniting journalists, past experiences and
future projections.
Niyazi Dalyancı(TGC) What has been changed in Turkey’s media after deunionization
years.
Gokhan Durmus (TGS Head of Istanbul branch) Confronting the challenges of recruitment and signing new collective agreements in media outlets in Turkey.
Andrew Finkel (P24), What went wrong in the journalists community in Turkey which end up divided ? What can reunite the journalists to defend ethical standards, investigative reporting and get international attention?
Barry White (EFJ Steering Committee member), on the importance of labour rights issues and the role of the trade union movement in terms of solidarity and union.
Sevda Karaca (TGS Women Commission) Representation of women in the media and media organisations.

15:45 – 16:15: Coffee
16:15 – 17:45 Panel III: Turkey between elections, the new media environment for journalists Keynote and moderator: Ragıp Duran

Analysis from:
Fatih Portakal (FOX)
Ayşenur Arslan (Halk TV)
Hasan Cemal (T24)
Şirin Payzın (CNN Türk)
Kadri Gürsel (Columnist)
Barış İnce (BirGün)
18:30 Buffet sponsored by Swedish Embassy Campaign to decriminalise Turkish Journalism , to free speech and protect work place rightsproject which receives the financial support of the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) Program managed by the European Commission.All responsibilities regarding the contents and the actions belong to the authors only and should not be considered as reflecting the views of the European Union.
Friday, 18 September 2015
09:30 – 10:00: Welcome coffee
10:00 – 13:00: Closed group session
Group 1– Setting the recommendations and common media reform from the future
(summary of the debates of day 1)
Moderator : Oliver Money-Kyrle (IFJ Ass. General Secretary)
Group 2 Debate on harmonizing methodology and best practices among NGO’s to monitor press freedom issues in Turkey

moderator : Arzu Demir (TGS Recruitment Secretary)
Case study for discussion : What’s the most accurate number of jailed journalists ?

 

with representative from:
TGC
EFJ-IFJ,
IPI, Kadri Gürsel
Freedom House
CPJ
RSF
SEEMO
Council of Europe’s Platform
Index on Censorship
Bianet
ÇGD,
ÖGC,

13:00 – 14:00: Closing remarks :publication of recommendations and common media
reform strategy.

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