Mahir Zeynalov – March 23rd

On Thursday, March 23, 2017 – Community Voices welcomes Mahir Zeynalov, Turkish journalist and analyst based in Washington, D.C. Zeynalov first started his professional career with the Los Angeles Times. He later joined Today’s Zaman and worked there until the Turkish government shut down the newspaper in 2016. He is writing columns for Al Arabiya since 2013 and regularly contributing to the Huffington Post. He is the first journalist in Turkey asked by Erdogan to be imprisoned. He is also the first journalist to be deported from Turkey. He is a frequent commentator on developments related to Turkey in world’s major TV channels, including CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera and NBC. He rose to international prominence for documenting the massive crackdown on Turkish journalists and he is best known for reporting on post-coup purge in Turkey.

Democratic Deconsolidation in Turkey: Challenges and Prospects  

Thursday, March 23, 2017
Noon: Roundtable Luncheon
in Room C of the Graduate Life Center at Virginia Tech.  “The role of deteriorating media freedoms in Turkey’s drift from its democratic principles.”
7:00 p.m.  Evening Talk and Conversation in Room G of the Graduate Life Center at Virginia Tech. “Monumental shift  of Turkey from a flawed democracy to a full-fledged autocracy in a few years.”

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