The Bediüzzaman Said Nursi Chair in Islamic Studies presents


Ms. Sevgi Akarcesme

Columnist and Senior Editor for Turkey’s Zaman Newspaper

for a brown bag talk on

The Significance of Media Freedom for Democracy

at 12:30pm on Thursday January 22, 2015

in the Dolan Science Center Room A202/3.

Turkey has long been a beacon of democracy in the Islamic World. However, a corruption scandal has recently shaken the nation, causing the government to clampdown on the Internet, Twitter, and other social media sites while imprisoning journalists on charges of terrorism and in so doing, testing the boundaries of Turkish civil society. Ms. Akarcesme will discuss how this situation is being portrayed in the media and its potential effects on Turkey’s foreign policy and the country’s relationships with the Middle East and in the United States.

The event is free and open to the public.

Coffee and tea will be provided.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Global Education, the Department of Political Science, and the Tim Russert Department of Communication & Theatre Arts

Posted on January 15, 2015