Can Yeginsu appointed to the UK Advisory Board of Reporters without Borders
Can Yeginsu has accepted an invitation to join the UK Advisory Board of Reporters sans frontiers (RSF), the leading global non-governmental organisation promoting free, independent and pluralistic journalism and the defence of media workers. RSF has consultative status at the United Nations, UNESCO, the Council of Europe, and the International Organisation of the Francophonie. RSF runs the World Press Freedom Index.
On Can’s appointment, RSF’s Director of International Campaigns, Rebecca Vincent said: “Can is a brilliant legal mind and dedicated media freedom advocate, and we’re looking forward to collaborating even more closely”.
Can has a particularly strong reputation as counsel in freedom of expression / journalistic protection cases both in the United Kingdom and internationally, having represented journalists and writers in the Court of Appeal, the UK Supreme Court, the European Court of Human Rights, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and the Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States. He is currently lead counsel in the European Court of Human Rights in the application challenging the wholesale ban on Wikipedia, and on the international counsel team, with Amal Clooney and Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC, defending Filipino Journalist and Time Person of the Year, Maria Ressa.
Can is also a member of the Faculty of Columbia Law School in New York where he teaches two seminars on the right to freedom of expression and a Member of the High-Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom convened by Lord Neuberger at the request of the UK and Canadian Governments.