Gordian Knot: Cyprus trapped between a federal and two-state solution


The Labour Party Annual Conference 2021

CEFTUS & Ahval Fringe: Gordian Knot: Cyprus trapped between a federal and two-state solution

o Speaker: Yavuz Baydar, the Editor-in-Chief of Ahval

o Speaker: Prof Niyazi Kızılyürek, Cyprus MEP

o Speaker: Fabian Hamilton MP, Shadow Minister responsible for Cyprus

o Speaker: Mary Southcott, Labour Friends of Cyprus

🎫 Tickets are free, but booking is required via: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/166869927445

This event is in the secure zone, so you will need a conference pass to access it.

🗓 Date: Monday, 27 September 2021

⏳ Time: 15:30 – 16:20

📍Location: Gloucester Room, Hilton Brighton Metropole, Kings Rd, Brighton BN1 2FU

Please note: This event will be recorded for distribution through CEFTUS and its partners’ social media channels. All audience members agree to the possibility of appearing on these recordings by virtue of attending the event or participating in the event.

Niyazi Kızılyürek is a Turkish Cypriot political scientist. He is, as of 2016, a professor of political history in the University of Cyprus, specialising on the political history of Turkey and Cyprus, and the Dean of the School of Humanities there.

Fabian Hamilton is a Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Leeds North East since 1997. He was appointed Shadow Minister for Peace and Disarmament in November 2016

Mary Southcott works for the Friends of Cyprus.  This is a UK based cross party grouping containing mainly UK politicians, but others, academics and journalists, who take an active interest in supporting work being done for the reunification of the island.

Yavuz Baydar ​is the Editor-in-Chief of ​Ahval,​ a trilingual, independent online news and podcast site on Turkey.

His opinion articles have appeared in the Guardian, Süddeutsche Zeitung, New York Times, El Pais, Svenska Dagbladet, Yomiuri Shimbun, the Arab Weekly, and Index on Censorship.

Baydar was among the co-founders, in 2013, of the independent media platform ​P24 to monitor the media sector and the state of journalism in his home country.

In 2014, as a Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, he completed an extensive research paper on self-censorship, state oppression and threats over journalism in Turkey – in the wake of Gezi Park protests. The extended version of the paper was published in book form in German and Turkish, under the title “Newsroom as an Open-Air Prison: Corruption and Self-Censorship in Turkish Journalism”.​

Baydar is the author of the book, ​“Die Hoffnung Stirbt am Bosporus – Wie die Türkei Freiheit und Demokratie Verspielt” (“The Hope dies at Bosporus: How Turkey Squandered Freedom and Democracy”). He was given in 2018 the prestigious ‘​Journalistenpreis’ by the (Munich-based) SüdostEurope Gesellschaft in Germany; and, t​he Special Award of the European Press Prize (​EPP), for ‘​excellence in journalism’,​ in 2014.

Turkey’s first news ombudsman, beginning at Milliyet daily in 1999, Baydar worked in the same role as reader representative until 2014. ​He served as president of the U.S. based International Organization of News Ombudsmen ​(ONO) in 2003.

He studied Informatics, Cybernetics and Journalism at the University of Stockholm. He worked as a reporter and editor with Cumhuriyet daily, Radio Sweden, BBC Turkish, and Yeni Yüzyıl daily throughout the 1980 and 1990s.

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