Can Yeginsu appointed Deputy Chair of the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom

The Rt Hon Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury has appointed Can Yeginsu and Catherine Amirfar (of Debevoise & Plimpton) to serve as the Deputy Chairs of The High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom. Can and Catherine succeed Amal Clooney, who now becomes Special Advisor to the Chair of the Panel in this next chapter of the High Level Panel’s work.

The Rt Hon Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, Chair of the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom stated: ‘I am delighted to announce the new Deputy Chairs of the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom. They are Can Yeginsu and Catherine Amirfar, two truly first-class lawyers with real commitment to media freedom. The members of the High Level Panel will be looking to them and to my Special Advisor, Amal Clooney, for strategic direction in this, the second, phase of our work. The members of the Panel have significant achievements to their credit in the past two years. The time has now come for the Panel to ensure that at least some of the advice and recommendations of their reports are turned into action, especially by the members of the Media Freedom Coalition of States.’

Can Yeginsu, Barrister and Deputy Chair of the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom said: ‘It is a real honour to be taking on this new leadership role on the High Level Panel with Catherine. Since my appointment to the Panel in 2019, I have had the pleasure and the privilege of working with, and learning from, a group of exceptional legal minds under the expert stewardship of Lord Neuberger and Amal Clooney. As we enter the second chapter of our work, our attention inevitably turns now to the States that we have been asked to advise and working with them to turn their words and communiques into concrete action. As I indicated in my Report on Providing Safe Refuge to Journalists at Risk, if democracies are to stand a chance of combatting the spread of truth decay, we must start by deploying all legal means to protect those who risk their lives to inform us. Democratic States have a critical role to play in this endeavor and must now set an example to the world through their actions.’

Read more on the appointment and The High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom here.