This Project is co-funded by the European Union and the Government of Republic of Turkey.

This project, designed by Turkish Publishers Association (TPA) with cooperation of its partner, Swedish Publishers Association (SPA) and associates, International Publishers Association (IPA), IPS Communication Foundation, Edebiyat Haber Literary Magazine and TÜYAP Exhibition Group, has been granted EU funding under the program “Civil Society Dialogue Between EU And Turkey –III Political Criteria Grant Scheme (CSD-III/PC)” which is co- financed by the European Union and the Government of Turkey. Overall objective of the project is to contribute to one of TPA’s long-term strategy of struggle, to develop freedom of expression in publishing field in Turkey.

On the Way to Freedom to Publish Project is realized under the Civil Society Dialogue Programme that is co-funded by the European Union and the Government of Republic of Turkey. The main aim of this grant programme is to give opportunity to the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Turkey to get familiar with the policies of the European Union concerning political issues both in terms of legislation and implementation and to be prepared for accession through strengthening the contacts and mutual exchange of experience between all civil society actors on political issues in the Member States and Turkey. Through this programme, institutional capacities of CSOs whose role is important for development and implementation of political reforms will be improved.

Projects overall objectives:

To develop and ensure freedom of expression in publishing field in Turkey,

To create an advocacy process between the publishing sector and the state authorities,

To establish long-term cooperation, sustainable partnerships and promote dialogue with the collaboration of the project partners as well as the associates and other stakeholders within the context of freedom to publish.


Projects specific objectives:

To raise awareness among publishing stakeholders and general public on the EU policies related to the freedom to publish and their implications on the legislation procedures as well the implementations in Turkey by advisory visits, workshops, regional meetings, panels and a thematic report,

To contribute to the accession process through long- term and sustainable partnerships, experience sharing and information exchange between CSOs in Member States and Turkey working on this field. This will be ensured thanks to the collaboration with SPA,

To report all the content accumulated during the project and publish as a booklet titled “Freedom to Publish in Turkey on the Way to EU accession”.

Target groups of the project includes policy makers in Turkey and the EU, publishers, writers, translators, NGO representatives, journalists, academicians, lawyers, readers and intellectuals.

This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of
Turkish Publishers Association and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.