Media and Law Studies Association

The Media and Law Studies Association (MLSA) is a Turkish non-profit (registered as Medya ve Hukuk Çalışmaları Derneği) founded in late 2017 to respond to an urgent yet growing need for going back to democracy and normalization in Turkey.
Our main goals are:

  • offering legal protection to journalists who are punished for expressing their thoughts
  • promoting the public’s right to information, particularly by supporting good finance and science journalism
  • romoting rights of minority groups, with a concentration on refugees and the LGBTI community.

Our immediate goals for the next two years is deepening our work in these areas.


Our founders and board members have extensive experience in civil society, media and judiciary.

MLSA President Evin Barış Altıntaş, has been a journalist for 15 years in addition to extensive experience as an administrator at a local NGO (@barisalt on Twitter, evinbaris@medyavehukuk.org).

Veysel Ok, a top free-speech lawyer in Turkey has defended the country’s most prominent journalists. He is MLSA Vice President.