The 11th Istanbul Gathering took place on 26 and 27 May. Unfortunately, the current situation in Turkey made it impossible to bring the invited speakers to Istanbul, but the organisers would not be beaten, and the event took place on-line.
Politicians and freedom of expression activists from across the world, including UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, David Kaye, and Council of Europe Secretary General, Thorbjørn Jagland, submitted videos of keynotes and interviews to enable the event to go ahead. In the words of the organisers, the video transmissions represent an ‘almanac of Turkey in 2018’.
IPA added its voice to the discussion with statements from IPA President, Michiel Kolman and Chair of the IPA’s Freedom to Publish Committee, Kristenn Einarsson. They both confirmed IPA’s unwavering support for publishers in Turkey and to continue our efforts to secure freedom to publish there.
You can see the full programme, including speaker lists at the links below: