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TOHAV & The Fight for Freedom of Expression in Turkey – by Esma Yasar

This article was written by Esma Yasar, a Kurdish lawyer working for Media Defence’s partner organisation TOHAV. Esma Yasar took part in Media Defence’s fellowship programme, which hosts human rights lawyers from our funded partner organisations all over the world. Freedom of Expression and Press Freedom in Turkey Turkey is one of the most restrictive…

Media Defence partners with four media defence centres in sub-Saharan Africa

As part of Media Defence’s latest project Empowering Women in Digital Rights Advocacy, we aim to contribute to building a strong legal defence network in the region. To achieve this goal, we provide financial assistance to organisations to establish legal aid units or media defence centres. For that reason, we are particularly excited to announce…

Freedom of expression in Turkey: Government control, social media blocking, and the persecution of Kurdish journalists

Welcome to the latest instalment of our Partners blog series. In this series, we interview our partners from around the world about their critical work in protecting freedom of expression. This time our communications assistant Julie Reintjes spoke to Veysel Ok, a prominent Kurdish lawyer specialising in free speech and press freedom. In 2018, Veysel Ok…