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.

Founders and Board

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, [email protected]).

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


Elif Akgül is an award-winning journalist with the independent news website Bianet.

Nilgün Yılmaz has a decade of journalism experience and she is currently with the Checks and Balances Network, a civil society organization.

Meral Candan is a finance journalist who works at the monthly Para magazine.

Ümit Kılınç, a Turkish-French lawyer based in Strasbourg, is an expert in applications to the ECtHR and a lecturer at University of Strasbourg.

Tarkan Kılıç has been an administrator in the Istanbul branch of the Chamber of Environmental Engineers for nearly two decades.