International Media Seminar Series: Journalists at Risk in Turkey

Date: Thursday 09 February 2017

Time: 18:00 - 19:30 (Registration from 17:45)

Location: 53-54 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LS

Venue: Doughty Street Chambers

Speakers: Jonathan Price, Kirsty Brimelow QC, Gill Phillips (The Guardian), Rebecca Vincent (RSF) Yavus Baydar (Co-founder of P24), Melody Patry (Index on Censorship)


Doughty Street Chambers, in collaboration with Reporters Without Borders (RSF), invites you to the second of our International Media Defence seminars, which will have a special focus on Turkey.


In the wake of July’s abortive coup d’état, the Turkish government has launched a witch-hunt against those working in the media, turning Turkey into the world’s biggest prison for journalists. Since July, the number of imprisoned journalists in Turkey has quadrupled, and now stands at around 100, according to RSF’s recently released 2016 Worldwide Round-up report. Expressing criticism of the government, or demonstrating any degree of sympathy for the Gülen movement or the Kurdish political cause, will usually prove sufficient to jail a journalist without evidence of criminal activity.  Turkey currently also accounts for a third of the world’s detained women journalists.


This seminar will discuss the current disastrous situation in Turkey, and will consider what action journalists and media defence lawyers in the United Kingdom can take to protect themselves and colleagues in their work, and to assist fellow journalists in need. We will also present contributions from journalists, bloggers and activists who have been imprisoned in Turkey, or who have been subjected to other measures to stop their newsgathering and writing.


The third seminar also in this series will focus on:

  • Russia (Tuesday 21 March 2017).


This is an invitation only event, if you are interested in attending please email

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