Abstract: Aysun Akan & Pantelis Vatikiotis

Aysun Akan & Pantelis Vatikiotis
Local resistance against HES

The paper examines the role of the alternative media project ‘idelerin kardeslıği platformu’ in the coverage of environmental issues related to the construction of hydro-electric plantations in the Black Sea region; in promoting awareness of these issues and engagement of local community in the public discussion for them; and, in the organization of actions against the HES project. From this perspective, the paper focuses on the differences in the coverage of HES practices between mainstream and alternative media in Turkey; the extent to what participation in ‘idelerin kardeslıği platformu’ promotes citizens’ empowerment; and the changes in the mobilization practices against HES practices brought about by the use of new media tools.