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Turkish journalists discuss freedom of speech

03 March 2006

ATTENTION: Weekend assignment editors, reporters covering international affairs or media

Contact: Kathleen Maclay, Media Relations
(510) 643-5651 kmaclay@berkeley.edu

"Perspectives on the Armenian Genocide and Freedom of Speech," a panel discussion hosted by the University of California, Berkeley's Institute of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, and the Armenian Studies Program.

Participants include two newspaper publishers in Turkey, where many prosecutions are occurring involving freedom of speech and freedom of the press. The European Union (EU), PEN International and other international groups have condemned these prosecutions. European Parliament leaders have asked Turkey to democratize its penal code, recognize the Armenian Genocide and improve its human rights records in advance of entry to the EU.

Noon-3 p.m. Sunday, March 5

Dwinelle Hall, Room 145, UC Berkeley

Ragip Zarakolu, owner of the Belge Publishing House, has been subject to imprisonment, harsh fines, official threats, and the banning, confiscation and destruction of his publications by successive Turkish administrations over the past 30 years

Hrant Dink, editor and publisher of Agos Weekly in Turkey, the only bilingual Turkish-Armenian paper, and an outspoken advocate for Turkey's democratization

Ronald G. Suny, a history professor at the University of Michigan

Stephan H. Astourian, executive director of UC Berkeley's Armenian Studies Program