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public statement committee

The ECREA Public Statement Committee’s mission is to produce statements of support or protest related to cases of violations of academic freedom and undue pressures on our members or academic communities in countries with a substantial ECREA membership. The Public Statement Committee will generally reacts to alerts coming from the membership but can also act on its own initiative. 

Members or Sections, Networks or Temporary Working Groups are invited to contact the Committee with alerts and proposals at Within the scope of its available resources, the Committee investigates the cases and draws up statements or endorses statements prepared by others. All statements are confirmed by and issued on behalf of the ECREA Executive Board.

The Public Statement Committee consists of Ilija Tomanic Trivundza and Murat Akser as members of the ECREA Executive Board and Koen Leurs as a representative of S/N/TWG management teams.

Ilija Tomanić Trivundža, president of ECREA - An Associate Professor, he is a chair of Media Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, where he focuses on visual communication with a special focus on the social and political role of photography in contemporary mediated communication. He is also a co-editor of Membrana magazine on photography.

Murat Akser, member of the ECREA Board - A lecturer at the School of Arts, Ulster University, UK, he holds a Ph.D. in Communication and Culture from York University, Canada. Previously he was an associate professor of cinema and media studies at Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey where he was the head of the Department of New Media. He was also one of the members of the local organizing committee of the IAMCR 2011 Conference in Istanbul.

Koen Leurs, the chair of the Diaspora, Migration and the Media section - An assistant professor in gender and postcolonial studies at the Graduate Gender Programme/Department of Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University, the Netherlands, his research interests revolve around youth, migration, gender, diaspora and critical internet/data studies. Recently with Kevin Smets he guest edited a special issue on ‘Forced migration and digital connectivity’ for the journal Social Media + Society, and with Sandra Ponzanesi an issue on ‘Connected migrants’ for the journal Popular Communication. Together with Kevin Smets, Myria Georgiou, Saskia Witteborn and Radhika Gajjala, he is currently editing the SAGE Handbook of Media and Migration.



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