What: A discussion about the media environment in Turkey
When: Monday April 19, 9:10-10:05 a.m. EDT
In the two decades under Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, press freedom has eroded. During his tenure, Turkey is now the top jailer of journalists in the world and government censorship is on the rise. Voice of America’s new documentary, “Turkey: Breaking the Silence,” profiles citizens, journalists, and activists whose stories help explain the forces driving media repression. The film reveals how deep divisions in Turkish society and politics, combined with autocratic power, have evolved to repress critical news coverage and stifle free speech.
We invite you to a discussion of the film and the Turkish media environment featuring the film producer, VOA Executive Producer Beth Mendelson; and Melek Caglar, Managing Editor of the Voice of America Turkish Language Service. Senior Lecturer Danielle Schoon, who teaches the Turkish Studies curriculum in Ohio State’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, as well as courses in immigration in the Sociology and Political Science departments, will serve as a discussant. We will be looking at how different people in the film discuss issues in the media and how other perspectives might differ on press freedom. Questions from participants will be welcome.
We ask that you view the 40-minute film, Turkey: Breaking the Silence, prior to the event.
Here is a 90-second trailer for the film.
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