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Crackdown: Independent Media and Civil Society in Azerbaijan and Turkey

March 18, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Mark Palmer Conference Room
Freedom House
1850 M Street NW
Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20036

The governments in both Azerbaijan and Turkey face numerous pressures, from the impact of economic and commodity price downturns, to empowered citizens demanding accountability from governing elites, to threats of extremism. Although the two governments differ in many ways, both have traditionally been interested in pursuing a modern, European future for their countries — and have shown a similar commitment to threatening, harassing, and jailing civil society advocates, journalists, and independent media outlets, restricting their ability to freely report on events and hold governments accountable for their actions.

Introductory Remarks:
Dr. Robert Herman
Vice President for Regional Programs
Freedom House

Arzu Geybullayeva
Istanbul-based blogger and freelance journalist
2015 Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellow at RFE/RL

Jeff Goldstein
Senior Policy Analyst for Eurasia
Open Society Institute

Richard Kraemer
Senior Program Officer, Middle East & North Africa Program
National Endowment for Democracy

Nate Schenkkan
Program Officer for Eurasia
Freedom House

Martins Zvaners
Deputy Director of Communications


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Freedom House
1850 M Street NW, suite 1100
Washington, DC 20036 United States
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