Can Yeginsu joins English PEN’s Board of Trustees

Can Yeginsu has accepted an invitation to join the Board of Trustees of English PEN, one of the world’s first non-governmental organisations (founded in 1921) and today part of a worldwide writers’ association with 145 centres in more than 100 countries. English PEN supports writers at risk and campaigns for freedom of expression, worldwide.

On Can’s appointment, Maureen Freely, Chair of the Trustees, said: ‘We’re thrilled that Can joins the English PEN family at such an important moment in our history; the start of our 2021 centenary year. It’s a huge privilege to gain Can’s expertise as we reflect on the past 100 years with a celebration of the diversity of literature and, together, strive toward a world with free expression and equity of opportunity for all readers and writers.’

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. He is the author of the Panel’s advisory report to the 40 strong Media Freedom Coalition of States on Providing Safe Refuge for Journalists at Risk.

English PEN’s press release regarding Can Yeginsu’s appointment to the Board of Trustees can be found here.