Indiana Council on World Affairs 
September 21, 2017 Distinguished Speaker 
Abdülhamit Bilici, Journalist in Exile from Turkey
"Turkish Freedom of the Press in Peril: Journalists Oppressed"
Indiana Council on World Affairs 
September 21, 2017 Distinguished Speaker 
Abdülhamit Bilici, Journalist in Exile from Turkey
"Turkish Freedom of the Press in Peril: Journalists Oppressed"
Indiana Council on World Affairs 
September 21, 2017 Distinguished Speaker 
Abdülhamit Bilici, Journalist in Exile from Turkey
"Turkish Freedom of the Press in Peril: Journalists Oppressed"
Indiana Council on World Affairs 
September 21, 2017 Distinguished Speaker 
Abdülhamit Bilici, Journalist in Exile from Turkey
"Turkish Freedom of the Press in Peril: Journalists Oppressed"
Indiana Council on World Affairs 
September 21, 2017 Distinguished Speaker 
Abdülhamit Bilici, Journalist in Exile from Turkey
"Turkish Freedom of the Press in Peril: Journalists Oppressed"
Indiana Council on World Affairs 
September 21, 2017 Distinguished Speaker 
Abdülhamit Bilici, Journalist in Exile from Turkey
"Turkish Freedom of the Press in Peril: Journalists Oppressed"
Indiana Council on World Affairs
September 21, 2017 Distinguished Speaker
Abdülhamit Bilici, Journalist in Exile from Turkey
"Turkish Freedom of the Press in Peril: Journalists Oppressed"
Indiana Council on World Affairs
September 21, 2017 Distinguished Speaker
Abdülhamit Bilici, Journalist in Exile from Turkey
"Turkish Freedom of the Press in Peril: Journalists Oppressed"
Indiana Council on World Affairs
September 21, 2017 Distinguished Speaker
Abdülhamit Bilici, Journalist in Exile from Turkey
"Turkish Freedom of the Press in Peril: Journalists Oppressed"

Indiana Council on World Affairs
September 21, 2017 Distinguished Speaker
Abdülhamit Bilici, Journalist in Exile from Turkey
"Turkish Freedom of the Press in Peril: Journalists Oppressed"

Abdülhamit Bilici
Editor: Why Turkey?
Former Editor-in-Chief
Zaman Newspaper, Istanbul, Turkey
Abdülhamit Bilici
Editor: Why Turkey?
Former Editor-in-Chief
Zaman Newspaper, Istanbul, Turkey

Editor: Why Turkey?
Former Editor-in-Chief
Zaman Newspaper, Istanbul, Turkey


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Date: September 21, 2017


            Reception: 5:30 - 6:15

Dinner:      6:15

Talk: 7:00


              Location: The Willows

6729 Westfield Blvd,

Indianapolis, IN 46220

Abdülhamit Bilici, the Turkish newspaper executive who, prompted by political turmoil and government oppression of the media in Turkey, is now in exile in the United States.

Before leaving Turkey, Bilici was Editor-in-Chief and columnist of Turkey's highly regarded, largest newspaper, Zaman which had a circulation of about 650,000 before government seizure in March, 2016. He was Chief Executive Officer of its English-language version, Today's Zaman.

As an experienced newspaper man, he acquired his journalistic acumen as a Zaman daily correspondent; Aksiyon Magazine editor, 1995-1997; Zaman Daily foreign news editor, 1998-2001; Zaman Daily general editor, 2001-2008; Citan News Agency general editor; and then Zaman Newspaper Editor-in-Chief. He is a graduate of Boğaziçi University (Bosphorus University] in Istanbul, Turkey.

Now, after the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey on July 15, 2016, and with the government seizure of many Turkish newspapers, journalists have been oppressed through arrest, job loss, or other means, such as having passports or press passes revoked.

Bilici is an expert on Turkish politics and speaks on the ongoing political crisis. He is editor of the book Why Turkey?, which combines perspectives on Turkey-EU relations by political and opinion leaders from Turkey, Europe, America and Asia.

The Indiana Council on World Affairs is a not-for-profit, non-partisan educational organization founded in 1955, as a member council of the World Affairs Councils of America, to foster an informed citizenry on matters of world affairs and American foreign policy. It is administered by a volunteer Board of Directors.
Directions: The Willows, 6729 Westfield Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46220, with a white picket fence, is located on the east side of the street, south of 75th Street, just north of Broad Ripple White River Bridge. 
Schedule: Reception: 5:30-6:15 pm. Dinner: 6:15 pm. Talk: 7:00 pm . This event is open to the public. 
Reservations for the Reception and Dinner with Mr. Bilici, 5:30-7:00 pm: Reservations are due Monday, September 18, 2017, 11:59 pm. The cost is $32 for ICWA members, and members' guests, who pay by the due date. The cost is $36 for nonmembers as well as members who miss the due date. The reservation cut-off is 09/19/17, 11:59 pm. 
Reservations for the Talk, 7:00 pm: Reservations are requested, but not required. Guests are requested to not arrive before 6:45 pm. For members, the talk is $9. For nonmembers $10. Students $5.