“On the Way to Freedom to Publish” Project Closing Conference was held on 7 July, 2015, at the CVK Park Bosphorus Hotel, İstanbul. Publishers, writers, librarians, academics, NGO representatives and several journalists from national newspapers attended the conference.
At the opening, Turkish Publishers Association President Metin Celâl and Project Partner, Swedish Publishers Association EC Member and International Publishers Association Freedom to Publish Committee Chair Ola Wallin made speeches. Celâl gave the details about the project activities and awareness raising effect of thes. Wallin gave examples of the barriers against FoX around the world, naming Turkey around the most problematic countries he is working on. After opening speeches, lawyer Tora Pekin, writer of the project’s “Report on the freedom to publish in Turkey on the way to EU Accession” shared his impression about the current situation in Turkey by giving very recent examples of sued authors.
At the second part of the conference, writer Yekta Kopan, Istanbul Bilgi University Professor Asli Tunc and lawyer Haluk Inanici presented their professional assessments on the report. The meeting ended with questions of the attendees and answers.