MENA Salon: Press "Freedom" as Diplomacy: Turkish-German Relations

Workshop | March 2 | 3-4 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

On February 16, a court in Istanbul ordered the release of German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel after 366 days of pre-trial detention. Yücel’s release, following months of lobbying by the German government, marks rare good news for jailed journalists in Turkey, which is now ranked the world’s worst jailer of journalists, with around 160 held in detention according to the Turkish Journalists’ Association. What can we learn about German-Turkish relations from Yücel’s release? What was at stake for each country? Under what conditions does a jailed journalist become a bargaining chip between two key regional players? In this week’s MENA Salon, we will reflect on these larger questions using Yücel’s story as a case-study.

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The MENA Salon is a weekly guided discussion of current events in the Middle East and North Africa, open to all and free of charge.

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