Turkey: A new investigation against musician Ferhat Tunc


16 April 2010


A new investigation against musician Ferhat Tunç

Ferhat Tunç made a formal deposition at a Public Prosecution Office due to an investigation filed against him about a speech he made at a music festival in 2009.

The prosecutor at the Office of Büyükçekmece Public Prosecution Office claimed that Ferhat Tunç “made propaganda for PKK / KONGRA-GEL” in his public address and wanted him to be tried under the Law No. 3713 article 7/2, carrying a prison term of three years. 

Ferhat Tunç was summoned to Istanbul Büyükçekmece Prosecution Office on the demand of Eruh Prosecution Office. Here, he was made to watch the video shootings of his concert and his speech at Eruh (Ciraf) First Cultural Festival on the skirts of Eruh (Ciraf) Mountain on 15 August 2009.
 Ferhat Tunçwas then asked for his comment on this. 

Ferhat Tunç said that he was behind his words and noted that the associating his comments with an organisation and the accusations against him was unfortunate. 

This is the statement Ferhat Tunç had said at the festival:
“I have been a musician for 25 years and I have witnessed the developments in this region. I have witnessed murders, massacres and killings by unknown perpetrators in this region caused by murderers in uniform who are on trial today in connection with Ergenekon organisation. I have witnessed how those murderers in uniform turned this heavenly geography into a hell. Yes, I have been a witness as well as an artist. You are opening a new window to peace and fraternity in Eruh after 25 years. The march for freedom you initiated has evolved to peace and I welcome this by heart as much as you do. A kind of Turkey where our people can live on equal terms and with their language, culture and beliefs is a common longing for us all.
I hope that the call for peace and fraternity made here in Eruh where the first bullet had been fired, reaches to the whole of Turkey, I hope this peace cry reaches to Turks, Arabs, Armenians and other peoples who live in other parts of Turkey. For there is no way forward except peace, I greet you all with these feelings.” 

Ferhat Tunç was awarded by Freemuse in March 2010. Musician Pete Seeger who was a leading figure in civil rights movement in US in 1960s received the award in 2009. Ferhat Tunç and the Iranian musician Mahsa Vahdat shared this year’s award. They received the award at a ceremony in London’s British Royal Architecture Institute on 25 March 2010.


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