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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
1850 M Street NW
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.
Dr. Robert Herman
Vice President for Regional Programs
Istanbul-based blogger and freelance journalist
2015 Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellow at RFE/RL
Senior Policy Analyst for Eurasia
Open Society Institute
Senior Program Officer, Middle East & North Africa Program
National Endowment for Democracy
Program Officer for Eurasia
Deputy Director of Communications