How can journalism networks help investigations under authoritarian regimes? Case study: Turkey

2018-04-12 15:15:00 2018-04-12 16:30:00 Europe/Rome How can journalism networks help investigations under authoritarian regimes? Case study: Turkey #ijf18 In Turchia il giornalismo investigativo è diventato un crimine, perciò pubblicare storie di pubblico interesse dall'esterno può essere un'ancora di salvezza per la stampa turca. Ci sono opportunità per trasformare il modo in cui  sono condotte le inchieste e gli approfondimenti legati alla Turchia. Ma anche in questo scenario di diaspora i media devono affrontare dei pericoli. Lo scorso anno The Black Sea, webmagazine sull'Europa Orientale, con l'EIC Network e i suoi partner ha pubblicato inchieste esclusive, che hanno rivelato i rapporti finanziari occulti delle famiglie del presidente e del primo ministro turco. Le rivelazioni sono state ignorate dai media mainstream nazionali, che operano sotto una pressante autocensura. Mentre i giornalisti di Black Sea sono stati denunciati in TV come terroristi da eminenti colleghi e la magistratura ha cercato di bloccare le pagine del sito - che è stato stato violato. Altri media colpiti dalla diaspora hanno tenuto le distanze dagli eventi, mostrando la portata del problema e la mancanza di solidarietà - persino tra le testate che si dichiarano di opposizione. Nell'ultimo decennio qualcosa di fondamentale è quindi radicalmente cambiato nel giornalismo turco. Nelle zone in cui pesa la repressione di Stato, quanta speranza dobbiamo riporre nelle collaborazioni tra realtà della regione - e in strutture interorganizzativi - come cardine per un giornalismo investigativo di qualità? Sala della Vaccara - Perugia

media under attack | in English (without translation)

  • 15:15 - 16:30   thursday 12/04/2018

Sala della Vaccara

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Stefan Candea
co-founder and coordinator EIC
Zeynep Sentek
The Black Sea
Craig Shaw
freelance journalist

Investigative journalism in Turkey is a crime. Publishing public interest stories from the outside can be a lifeline for the Turkish press. There are opportunities to transform the way in-depth, Turkey-related investigations are done. But diaspora media, too, have their own challenges.

Last year, Eastern European web magazine The Black Sea, European Investigative Collaborations (EIC.Network) and its partners published exclusive reports that exposed the secret financial dealings of the families of Turkey’s president and prime minister. The revelations were ignored by Turkish mainstream media which functions under great self-censorship. Instead, The Black Sea’s reporters were denounced as terrorists live on TV by prominent journalists, the courts tried to block the pages, and the website was hacked.

The diaspora media, too, kept its distance, demonstrating the breadth of problem and the lack of solidarity, even among ‘opposition’ media; it is clear that something fundamental has changed in the roots of Turkish journalism over the last decade.

How much hope should we place in regional – as well as interorganisational – collaborations as holding the key to quality investigative reporting where there is heavy state repression?

– Zeynep Sentek, journalist, will address the difficulties of working on Turkey investigations; how the media demonises reporters, fellow journalists call for prosecutions, and diaspora media fails to help; and how to still produce good research in the public interest.

– Craig Shaw co-coordinates The Black Sea’s Turkey investigations and helped establish its Turkey-related operations with EIC. He will talk about the problems and advantages of collaborations; what works and what can be done better.

– Stefan Candea is the co-founder and coordinator of EIC. He will discuss why centralised networks often fail Eastern European investigative journalism, and how there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to funding and operating networks – and why this could be a good thing.











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