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Politics & Public Policy

The Significance of Media Freedom for Democracy

Thursday, January 22, 2015
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

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"If you silence the media, a society becomes deaf and blind." – SEVGI AKARCESME

Tensions between Russia and the West are being overshadowed by major developments Turkey, a country that has been long revered as a beacon of democracy in the Muslim world. A corruption scandal has shaken the nation, causing the government to clampdown on the Internet and Twitter, testing the boundaries of this civil society Can Turkey maintain its reputation as a democratic leader amid the controversy?

Join Sevgi Akarcesme, columnist and senior editor at Zaman, Turkey's largest newspaper, as she discusses 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.

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