The erosion of free speech in Turkey: Why were key institutions defeated?
Each speaker will focus on the failure of different key  institutions to check/ balance the authoritarian slide in Turkey. Riza Türmen will focus on the judiciary and parliament; Kemal Goktas on the press:  and Funda Uztek-Spilda on academia. The guiding questions will be why these institutions could not stop this slide? Is it because they were simply crushed under the political power exercised by the government; or were there other concurrent reasons, such as the lack of historical legitimacy of these institutions, weak institutional set-up, the absence of professional solidarity, or other possible causes. The objective is to peer behind the scenes to help build up the picture of what went wrong.
Date: 28 February 2018, 17:00 (Wednesday, 7th week, Hilary 2018)
Venue: St Antony's College - North Site
Venue Details: Seminar Room, European Studies Centre, 70 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HR
Speakers: Kemal Göktaş (Cumhuriyet; Reuters Institute), Rıza Türmen (Former ECHR judge and former MP), Funda Ustek-Spilda (Goldsmiths University of London)
Organising department: European Studies Centre
Organiser: Julie Adams (St Antony's College, University of Oxford)
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Hosts: David Madden (St Antony's College), Jonathan Scheele (St Antony's College, Oxford), Othon Anastasakis (St Antony's College, University of Oxford)
Part of: South East European Studies at Oxford (SEESOX)
Booking required?: Not required
Audience: Public
Editor: Julie Adams