Ahmet Altan
At 24, he became a journalist, working in many positions, from reporter to editor-in-chief. As a columnist, he wrote in the weekly Nokta and the daily newspapers Hürriyet, Güneş, Milliyet and Yeni Yüzyıl. In November 2007 he founded the newspaper Taraf with Alev Er. He is the current editor-in-chief of Taraf and writes the daily column ‘Hourglass’. His outspoken criticism of the system meant he was often tried and prosecuted and forced to leave his job; but he did not give up his struggle. He challenges and addresses “the army problem”, a main issue since the foundation of the Republic, questioning and criticizing military authority to facilitate the establishment of democracy. He received the 2011 International Hrant Dink Award.
Alexander Iskendaryan
Political analyst and Director of the Yerevan-based Caucasus Institute. His areas of study are ethno political conflicts, post-Communist transformations and nation building in the former USSR in general and in the Caucasus in particular. Since the early 1990s, he has specialized on conflicts in the South and Northern Caucasus, elections in a transition setting, and the building of post-Soviet identities. He has also conducted and supervised research on migration, regional integration, media development and the formation of public discourses. Alexander also teaches Political Science and Caucasus Studies at the Caucasus Institute and other universities in Armenia.  
Costa Gavras
He is a filmmaker born in Greece in 1933. Following his education in Paris, he settled in France. Costa Gavras was president of the Cinémathèque Française from 1982 to 1987, and again from 2007 to the present. Costa Gavras is known for merging controversial political issues with the entertainment value of commercial cinema. He is best known for films with overt political themes, most famously Z (1969). Law and justice, oppression, legal/illegal violence, and torture are common subjects in his work. In most cases, the targets of Gavras's work have been right-of-center movements and regimes.