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PANEL: " Professions Vital for Democracy " 30th March 2017 @ European Parliament

"Working in challenging times"

You are cordially invited to our panel discussion where the challenges of journalists, academicians, judiciary and civil society members will be shared at the European Parliament​.


There is no universal consensus for the definition of democracy, but the democratic principles hardly vary throughout the world. Justice, equality, freedom and representation are deemed to be the four pillars of democracy. In fact, these principles act as a litmus test for distinguishing democratic regimes from authoritarian regimes.

Democracy can be applied through various mechanisms such as the rule of law, free market, media, academy, civil society organizations and political parties. Lawyers apply the “justice” principle; educationists and entrepreneurs apply “equality”; media members and academicians apply “freedom” while civil society members and politicians apply “representation”. The challenges these professions face indicate the democratic shortcomings and human rights problems in the country. We, regrettably, observe that the challenges of these professions in Turkey have reached truly worrisome levels in recent years.

To discuss these issues and share first-hand experiences, we are pleased to invite you to the panel ​​"Professions Vital for Democracy". 

10:30 – 11:00 Registration
11:00 – 11:10 Mr. Mete Ozturk, Journalist (Moderator)
11:10 – 11:20 Mr. Ricardo Gutierrez, General Secretary of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)
11:20 – 11:30 Mr. Yavuz Baydar,Journalist. Index on Censorship, Die Süddeutsche Zeitung, The Arab Weekly. 
11:30 – 11:40 Ms. Judith Lichtenberg, Lawyers for lawyers
11:40 – 11:50 Ms. Elif Alduman, President of KYM International
11:50 – 12:20 Q&A
12:20    Cocktail

This event is hosted by Sander Loones, MEP.


30 Mar 2017 @ 11:00 am

30 Mar 2017 @ 01:00 pm

Duration: 2 hours


European Parliament

60 Rue Wiertz

1047 Bruxelles




Organised by

European Professionals Network (EPN)

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