The workshop was organized by Medialog Platform, Media Monitoring Africa, the Freedom of Expression Institute and the Turquoise Harmony Institute and focused on the lessons learned from the apartheid experience in South Africa as well as current examples of pressure on the media in Turkey.

William Bird, the director of Media Monitoring Africa, pointed out that politicians try to oppress the media when they feel threatened. According to Bird, the media can function even in anti-democratic environments since democracy is not necessarily required to make a profit in this business.

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