Turkish Referendum – April 2, 2017

Perspective with Alison Smith

Turkish Referendum – April 2, 2017

Turkey: with presidential powers on the rise, is democracy on the decline?

Alison speaks to New York Times journalist Patrick Kingsley from Istanbul about the current situation on the ground in Turkey.

Also, Karabekir Akkoyunlu, a Turkish academic from Graz, Austria, talks about the crackdown on academic freedom in Turkey following last year’s coup attempt.

Emma Sinclair-Webb, Turkey director for Human Rights Watch, discusses the need for the international community to talk to Turkey about protecting human rights and democracy.

Alison talks to Chris Kilford, fellow at the Queen’s Centre for International and Defence Policy, about what role the Canadian government could play in improving human rights concerns in Turkey and the situation in the larger region.

Mahir Zeynalov, a journalist formally based in Turkey, discusses the crackdown on press freedoms in the country following last year’s attempted military coup.


Alison Smith

Alison Smith

Alison Smith is one of Canada’s best known and respected broadcast journalists. As an anchor and reporter for more than three decades, she was a senior award-winning member of the CBC News team. She has reported from every Canadian province and territory and across the globe.

She has hosted a wide range of network TV and radio news programs including The National, CBC News Morning and CBC Radio’s The World at Six. As a live news anchor, reporter and foreign correspondent, some of the stories she has covered include the September 11th attacks, the death of Princess Diana, elections in Israel, South Africa and Mexico and as Washington correspondent, she covered the historic election of US President Barack Obama.

She is a multiple Gemini nominee and has won international recognition for her work including a Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media, a Friendship Award from South African Women for Women, and was named a Woman of Achievement by Hadassah-WIZO Canada. She was educated at the University of British Columbia and Ryerson University. She is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Okanagan University College (now UBC Okanagan).