How Did Turkey Become The Largest Jail For Journalists?
Atlantic Institute partnering with Advocates of Silenced Turkey (http://silencedturkey.org/ ) invites you a talk with Sevgi Akarcesme, a Turkish journalist in exile, to discuss Turkey's swift drift into dictatorship in the last couple of years. She will not only tell about her own ordeal, but also analyze the current political and social climate in Turkey as a massive purge continues.
7:00- 7:30 Reception with light refreshments and drink
7:30- 8:15 Talk
8:15- 8:30 Q & A Session
Sevgi Akarçeşme is the dismissed editor-in-chief of Today’s Zaman, an English daily in Turkey which was brutally taken over by the regime in 2016. Since March 2016 she has been pursuing journalism in exile. Sevgi received her B.A. in Political Science from Bilkent University in 2001. She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and another M.A. in political science from Temple University. Following her graduate studies, she joined CSIS in Washington D.C.
In Turkey, she worked at the Office of the President between 2008-11. After working as an advisor at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she switched to media in 2012, worked as a correspondent in Today’s Zaman and wrote columns for daily Zaman. In exile, she managed TurkishMinute.com until May 2017.
Her master’s thesis on civilian-military issues was published as a book in 2010. In addition to academic articles, she has published commentaries in the New York Times, Quartz, Politico and Al Jazeera English, appeared on CNN International and BBC Hard Talk along with other international outlets.
Advocates of Silenced Turkey (http://silencedturkey.org/ ) is Washington based organization who will bring all human rights violations in Turkey to the forefront and will use all necessary mechanisms to seek justice via UN, European Council (CoE), European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), European Union (EU). AST may individually and in co-operation with other human rights organizations bring a lawsuit on behalf of all plaintiffs, litigate and represent to help to bring justice for all. AST will also engage in bringing the matters of human rights violations to the forefront of public sphere using public debate, seminars and all other academic endeavors.