Media and Law Studies Association
Some forty lawyers who defend Turkey's threatened journalists, academics, and Boğaziçi university students, as well as representatives of the countries leading journalism and rights groups, came together on 13 April in an event hosted by the Media and Law Studies Association (MLSA) supported by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.
The lawyers discussed a number of topics including establishing a formal network to facilitate experience sharing, information about ongoing cases, monitoring and reporting on violations as well as finding other ways of collaboration to galvanize international support, particularly for imprisoned journalists.
MLSA co-founder Veysel Ok who addressed his colleagues said the next step in the attempt to form a core Press Lawyers Network would be holding a roundtable to identify concrete agenda items and later a visit with European legal professionals to exchange opinions and expand the web of solidarity.
Participants Eren Keskin, Gülseren Yoleri and Murat Aksoy also delivered speeches at the event.
Nearly forty lawyers, journalists and civil society representatives attended MLSA's first event held at Cezayir Restaurant including individuals from the Human Rights Association (İHD), the Eğitim Sen teachers' professional union, Helsinki Citizens' Association, Birgün Newspaper, the Union of PUblishers, Amnesty International, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the Turkish Journalists' Union as well as individual lawyers defending journalists, academics and Boğaziçi university students in various trials and investigations.