Turkey: Imprisoned Grup Yorum member silenced in court
“I have been imprisoned for the last 14 months, I want to talk,” said musician Seçkin Taygun Aydoğan from the Kurdish band Grup Yorum to the judge…
04 March 2013
Turkey: Pianist Fazıl Say in court for the second time
The Turkish pianist Fazıl Say will be appearing in court for the second time on Monday 18 February 2013 on charges of insulting religious values
14 February 2013
Turkey: Five members of Grup Yorum detained
Turkish police arrested 85 people, including musicians, in raids against people suspected of links to an outlawed militant group
19 January 2013
Turkey: Ferhat Tunç’s prison sentence turned into speaking ban
A court turned Ferhat Tunç’s two years prison sentence for having promoted İbrahim Kaypakkaya into a three year ban on speaking about the same subject
20 December 2012
Turkey: Authorities’ persecution of Kurdish artists continues
The first hearing of the court case against four members of Grup Yorum along with nine others was held at İstanbul No. 15 High Criminal Court
11 December 2012
Turkey: ‘Silencing Music in Turkey 2012′ – an 18-pages leaflet
The leaflet contains updates on violations of musical expression in Turkey in a period of 12 months. It was published in October 2012
31 October 2012
Turkey: Grup Yorum members allegedly tortured in custody
A singer and a violinist with the band Grup Yorum claim they were tortured in police custody after they were detained during an unauthorized demonstration in İstanbul
27 September 2012
Turkey: Dancing to Kurdish music labelled as propaganda for terrorism
Bedrettin Akyüz, 20, is claimed to have spread propaganda for PKK by dancing the halay [a traditional dance] accompanied by Kurdish songs
13 July 2012
Turkey: Ferhat Tunç sentenced to two years in prison
A court in the eastern province of Malatya sentenced the Kurdish singer on terrorism related charges due to his invocation during a speech he held in 2011
27 June 2012
Turkey: Acclaimed pianist charged for blasphemy
Composer and pianist Fazil Say faces trial on 18 October 2012 on charges of insulting religious values, with a possible 18-month prison sentence
13 June 2012
Turkey: 17-year-old charged for exchanging Kurdish songs on Facebook
Turkish prosecution wanted to imprison 17-year-old Kurdish boy for 40 years after he was accused of eight charges, including the exchange of Kurdish songs on Facebook
23 May 2012
Turkey: Students charged for singing Grup Yorum song
Three students are accused of singing an old song and chanting slogans which allegedly are “making propaganda for a terrorist organisation”
18 May 2012
Turkey: Another legal action against singer Pınar Aydınlar
A lawsuit was filed against folk singer Pınar Aydınlar (Sağ) and the Group Munzur members Özlem Gerçek and Erkan Duman demanding up to five years imprisonment
16 May 2012
Turkey: Grup Yorum member still in detention
Musician Seçkin Aydoğan, member of Group Yorum, was not discharged at the first hearing of the lawsuit against him and four others in İstanbul 15th High Criminal Court
10 April 2012
Turkey: Attack on Grup Yorum member in prison
Grup Yorum made a written statement announcing that a member of their band, Seçkin Aydoğan, was attacked in the prison where he is being detained
02 April 2012
Turkey: Prisoners punished again for singing Kurdish songs
17 inmates of Kocaeli T Type Prison have received disciplinary charge by the warden of three more months in prison for having been “singing and dancing illegally”
13 March 2012
Turkey: Şanar Yurdatapan: ‘There is a lot of work to do for all of us’
In 2012, there were no acticities marking Music Freedom Day in Turkey. “This means the work is not over yet,” wrote Sanar Yurdatapan in his chronicle on the day
03 March 2012
Turkey: Musician of Grup Yorum detained
Seckin Aydogan, a member of the band Grup Yorum, has been in detention for six weeks. Band members pledge to hold solidarity concerts
14 February 2012
Turkey: Killed for requesting a Kurdish song
A weekend in December 2011 ended tragically when a man was brutally murdered after he requested that musicians in a bar sing a folksong in Zaza Kurdish, his native language
03 January 2012
Turkey: Ferhat Tunç in court once again
Kurdish singer Ferhat Tunç is the target of seven investigations and two trials due to speeches he held during his campaign for the general elections in June 2011
16 December 2011
Fuat Talay
Turkish musician Fuat Talay explains (in Danish language) about his personal experiences with music censorship in Turkey which led to his imprisonment and exile
21 November 2011
Turkey: Campaign for Kurdish singer and activist Gazin (Raziye Kızıl)
A petition addressed to the Turkish Prime Minister to free Gazin who was sentenced to one year in prison for having sung two Kurdish songs
26 October 2011
Turkey: Acquitted from 12 years’ prison charge for political music album
Turkish rock musician Yaşar Kurt’s dissident song ‘Korku’, released in the late 1990s, resulted in his trial for treason where he was acquitted from a 12 years’ prison sentence
25 October 2011
Turkey: 10 months in prison for chanting slogans at a concert
A 10 months sentence to three young men who had been chanting slogans at a Grup Yorum concert in Dersim in 2007 was confirmed by Supreme Court’s 9th Office
18 October 2011
Turkey: One year in prison for singing two Kurdish folk songs
Raziye Kızıl (Gazin) was sentenced to one year in prison for having sung two Kurdish songs and is also faced with an extra five-year prison threat
18 October 2011
Turkey: Convicted for having lyrics by Grup Yorum on computer
On 22 September 2011 union official Berivan Doğan was convicted to ten months imprisonment for having the lyrics of Grup Yorum’s songs on her computer
05 October 2011
Turkey: Prisoners punished with visitor-ban for singing a folk song
Berna Yılmaz and Ferhat Tüzer, two imprisoned students, have reportedly received a six months ban on having visitors because they were singing a folk song
12 September 2011
Turkey: Kurdish singer’s concert cut short by protesters
On 15 July 2011 at the İstanbul Jazz Festival the concert of the Kurdish singer Aynur Doğan was interrupted by shouting people in the audience, forcing her to leave the stage
25 July 2011
Turkey: Trial against the Kurdish singer Yılmaz Dünen
The Kurdish singer Farquin (Yılmaz Dünen) is facing a prison sentence of between seven and 20 years, charged with ‘spreading propaganda for an illegal organisation’
22 July 2011
Turkey: Prisoners punished for singing political slogans
The Ankara Penal Authority Discipline Board penalized 63 prisoners in Sincan Prison for chanting slogans and singing on 1 May 2011
29 June 2011
Turkey: Court acquitted singers charged with insulting the president
The 16 members of the Beyoğlu Troupe were sued by Prime Minister Erdoğan on the grounds of the lyrics of a song they performed. On 8 June 2011 they were acquitted
09 June 2011
Singer and politician Ferhat Tunç receives violence threats
A gendarmerie commander reportedly ordered village guards to “break Ferhat Tunç’s legs” as Ferhat Tunç was starting a tour in villages in Cemisgezek/Dersim area
11 May 2011
Turkey: Three members of Grup Yorum taken into custody
Three members of the music band Grup Yorum were taken into custody in a security operation launched by the police in Istanbul
11 May 2011
Turkey: New court case against Ferhat Tunç is ‘copy-pasted’
The Turkish courts appear to be ‘copy-pasting’ cases against the popular Kurdish singer Ferhat Tunç, and the agenda is allegedly to intimidate and silence him
30 March 2011
Syria: Kurdish singer Bave Selah released
Bavê Selah was released on 5 March 2011, according to Gemyakurda.net
08 March 2011
Music Freedom Day: Meanwhile in Turkey, musicians are persecuted
Singer Ferhat Tunç wrote this article as a personal comment to the Music Freedom Day initiative, describing the current situation for more than a dozen musicians in his country
03 March 2011
Syria: Campaign for singer who has been arrested by security agents
Syrian security agents are reported to have arrested the Kurdish singer Bave Selah in Aleppo on 24 January 2011. Amnesty International runs a campaign for his release
23 February 2011
Turkey: Song lyrics prompt legal action against university students
A trial against 16 members of the Beyoglu Troupe of Actors started on 21 January 2011. The university students are charged with “insult” in connection with the lyrics of a song
02 February 2011
Turkey: Singer Pınar Sağ ten months in prison for praising revolutionary leader
On 27 January 2011, Turkish folk music singer Pınar Sağ was sentenced to ten months in prison for praising leftist revolutionary Ibrahim Kaypakkaya at a festival in Dersim
01 February 2011
Turkey: Ferhat Tunç receives 25 days prison sentence
The Kurdish-Turkish singer Ferhat Tunç was sentenced to 25 days in prison for a speech he made during a concert in 2006
27 January 2011
Germany: Kurdish concerts banned by authorities in Berlin
In Berlin, a concert with the two Kurdish artists Hozan Aydın and Şerîbana Kurdî was prohibited in court because it was found to be celebrating the foundation of PKK
05 January 2011
Turkey: Supreme Court re-opens case against Ferhat Tunç
Going to court is becoming a repeatative nightmare for the Kurdish singer Ferhat Tunç
04 January 2011
Turkey: Ferhat Tunç on trial again
Singer Ferhat Tunç was first acquitted, but then Chamber 9 of the Appeal Court rejected the decision, and Tunç will now be tried again.
31 December 2010
Turkey: Ferhat Tunc acquitted and immediately charged again
One day after the court in Diyabarkir acquitted Ferhat Tunç the Istanbul police turned up at his home today to inform the singer that he will be charged in two new cases
05 November 2010
Turkey: Ferhat Tunç acquitted
Freemuse Award winner, Ferhat Tunç was acquitted this morning from the Diyarbarkir Criminal Court in Turkey
04 November 2010
Turkey: Musician faces four years imprisonment
Turkish folk music artist Pınar Sağ faces imprisonment of a total of four years for her statements at a festival
20 September 2010
Turkey: Court case against two teenagers for singing Kurdish song
Malazgirt Criminal Court opened a court case against 18-year-old Özgür Başak and 17-year-old R.D. who are charged for singing along the Kurdish song ‘Oremar’
06 September 2010
Turkey: Date of next hearing set in Ferhat Tunç’s case
The date for the next hearing in the case against musician and Freemuse Award winner Ferhat Tunç has been set to 30 September 2010
04 August 2010
Turkey: Court sentences band to 10 months imprisonment for Kurdish song
The Malatya Criminal Court has sentenced the band members of Grup Munzur to 10 months imprisonment for singing a Kurdish song at a concert held in June 2008
27 July 2010
Turkey: Singer sentenced to 10 months in prison
Singer Cevdet Bağca to serve a 10 months prison term for a statement given to the crowd before his concert in the Turkish town Siirt in September 2009
22 July 2010
Freemuse appeals to Turkish Prime Minister: Dismiss Ferhat Tunç’s case
Artists, human rights activists and scholars join Freemuse in an appeal to the Turkish government for the dismissal of the latest court case against Kurdish singer Ferhat Tunç
24 June 2010
Turkey: Kurdish singer Ferhat Tunc faces 15 years in prison
Kurdish singer Ferhat Tunç faces imprisonment of up to 15 years regarding charges of “spreading propaganda for the PKK organisation”, the militant Kurdistan Workers’ Party
26 May 2010
Turkey: Kurdish music in turmoil of censorship and court cases
A Kurdish song has been banned, and Kurdish singers are being arrested for singing – or just singing along to – specific Kurdish songs, accused of making propaganda
19 May 2010
Lebanon: Song touching ‘The Armenian question’ banned
Eileen Khatchadourian’s music video ‘Zartir Vortyag’ which touches on Armenian topics is reported to have been banned by the Lebanese General Security
03 May 2010
Turkey: One year ban and prison sentences to Kurdish music group
Diyarbakır High Criminal Court banned 13 members of Bahar Cultural Centre from performing arts for one year and gave them 10 months prison sentence each
23 April 2010
Turkey: German musician detained and told to leave the country
The German DJ Shantel was denied access into Turkey on 14 April 2010 when he arrived at the airport in Istanbul. His concerts had to be canceled.
23 April 2010
Turkey: 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.
16 April 2010
Freemuse Award 2010: Winners honoured in London
The joint winners of the Freemuse Award 2010, Mahsa Vahdat and Ferhat Tunç, gave a short and impressive performance at the award ceremony in London
29 March 2010
Turkey: Kurdish singer Rojda charged with 20 months imprisonment
In a court in Diyarbakır, the Kurdish singer Rojda Şenses was charged with one year and eight months imprisonment for ‘conducting propaganda’ in two separate concerts
29 March 2010
Freemuse Award winners 2010: Mahsa Vahdat and Ferhat Tunç
Award ceremony held in London on 25 March 2010 in collaboration with Index on Censorship
22 March 2010
Turkey: Killed for singing Kurdish folk songs in bar
A young man, Emrah Gezer, was killed because he and his friends had been singing Kurdish folk songs in a bar
03 March 2010
Turkey: Broadcasting in local languages allowed without time limit
Autorities has granted permission to 14 radio and tv stations in Turkey to broadcast in Kurdish, Zazaki, and Arabic without time limit
03 March 2010
Turkey: Police convicted of beating café worker for playing Kurdish music
Eight months prison sentences were issued by Turkish authorities to two police officers who beat up a 28-year-old café worker for playing an Ahmet Kaya song
03 March 2010
Turkey: Kurdish singer and musician Rojda arrested
Kurdish artist Rojda was arrested for singing a Kurdish song entitled ‘Heval Kamuran’. She was released within a couple of hours
24 February 2010
Turkey: Folk singer and poet on trial for “praising crime”
Tunceli Prosecution Office has filed a case against folk singer Pınar Sağ and poet Mehmet Özcan charging them with two years prison sentences for “praising crime”.
17 February 2010
Syria: Musicians arrested for singing Kurdish songs
Seven men, including members of a wedding music band, were arrested at a Kurdish wedding party. In court they were accused of singing patriotic Kurdish songs.
18 January 2010
Turkey: Ferhat Tunç sang at large rally for Alevi rights
Ferhat Tunç was one of the artists who performed in Istanbul on 8 November 2009 in front of 200,000 people protesting for the rights of a religious minority
09 November 2009
Turkey: Pop star both condemned and praised for political statement
A statement in favour of a new plan on how the Turkish government should approach the Kurdish issue turned fans of the popular Turkish pop diva Sezen Aksu up against her
14 September 2009
Turkey: American music video banned for ‘explicit sexual content’
Justin Timberlake and Ciara’s music video for the song ‘Love Sex Magic’ was banned in Turkey due to its explicit sexual content.
14 September 2009
Turkey: Artists make joint statement and petition against oppression
Berna Yılmaz and Ferhat Tüzer, two imprisoned students, have reportedly received a six months ban on having visitors because they were singing a folk song
01 September 2009
Ferhat Tunç
Video interview with singer and musician Ferhat Tunç from Turkey who speaks about his personal experiences with music censorship
19 August 2009
Turkey: Singer Ferhat Tunç in his seventh court case
Police brutality against the Kurdish-Turkish singer Ferhat Tunç lead to a court case – not against the police, but against the singer
14 July 2009
Turkey: Yet another Kurdish song cleared in court
On 21 March 2009, a broadcasting editor of a local radio station Dünya in Adana, southern Turkey, was acquitted in a trial brought for the airing of the Kurdish song ‘Keçe Kurdan’
29 April 2009
USA: Censored musicians spoke at Duke University
In its human rights series, Duke University in North Carolina, USA, presented two censored musicians and highlighted freedom of musical expression
25 March 2009
Turkey: Acquitted in court case over broadcasting a Kurdish song
A Turkish court has cleared the Kurdish singer Şivan Perwer’s song ‘Mihemedo’ of an accusation of ‘inciting hatred and hostility’
02 March 2009
Human Rights for Musicians – Impressions & Descriptions: Ferhat Tunç
Testimonial by Ferhat Tunc in the anniversary publication ‘Human Rights for Musicians – Ten Years With Freemuse’
30 January 2009
Human Rights for Musicians – Ferhat Tunç acquitted • Jens-Peter Bonde
Article by Jens-Peter Bonde who is president of EU Democrats and was Danish member of the European Parliament from 1979 to 2008
30 January 2009
Turkey: Popular singer acquitted of anti-military remarks
Singer and tv host Bülent Ersoy was acquitted of charges against her for having made anti-military remarks during a tv programme broadcasted in February 2008.
06 January 2009
Iran: Trial against two Kurdish singers
Two Kurdish singers are to be sentenced for “propaganda against the [political] order”, reported Shâr News from Saqqez in western Iran on 17 November 2008
21 November 2008
Turkey: Busdriver convicted for playing Kurdish song
A court in Diyarbakır sentenced the busdriver Mustafa Tüzün to 10 months’ imprisonment because he played a Kurdish song in his bus
08 September 2008
Turkey: Jail sentence to Kurdish folk singer
Folk music singer Hasan Sağlam was sentenced to 10 months’ imprisonment because he sang a Kurdish song at the Munzur Festival in Tunceli in 2007
08 September 2008
Turkey: Interview with exiled musician Fuat Talay
Baglama-player and singer Fuat Talay speaks about how the Turkish authorities kept him in a police station’s cellar for 23 days, and later on convicted him to 12 years in prison
04 August 2008
Turkey: Arrest order for director of childrens’ choir
Three members of Diyarbakir Yenisehir Council Childrens’ Choir were acquitted, but the Turkish court issued an arrest order for the director of the choir, Duygu Bayar
23 June 2008
Turkey: Banned rapper did not back down
In 2000, a song by Turkish rapper Sultana was banned, and she disappeared from the lime light. After an eight-year hiatus she is now back on the music stage
18 June 2008
Turkey: Three children stand trial for singing a march in Kurdish
Three members of a Kurdish children’s choir face prison charges by Turkish prosecutors for simply singing an old Kurdish song
09 June 2008
Turkey: Singer Ferhat Tunç’s trial postponed again
On 28 May 2008 Ferhat Tunç stood trial over an article he wrote. But once again, the trial was postponed
29 May 2008
Turkey: Singer Bülent Ersoy taken to court
The famous transsexual singer Bülent Ersoy has been charged for “alienating the people from military service”
19 May 2008
Turkey / Germany: Panel debate about Turkish censorship
On 4 April 2008, protest singer Ferhat Tunç performed with his Kurdish songs and discussed music censorship in Berlin, Germany
08 April 2008
Beate Slydal: About the Turkish Penal Code Article 301
Excerpt of political scientist Beate Slydal’s presentation at the seminar ‘Music – a human right’, held in Oslo, Norway, on Music Freedom Day, 3 March 2008
28 March 2008
Turkey: Singer Ferhat Tunç’s next trial postponed
A Turkish court decided to postpone the next trial of the Turkish-Kurdish singer with five months, until May 2008
17 December 2007
Denmark: Exiled Kurdish singer awarded
On 29 November 2007 the Danish Refugee Council awarded Mizgin, a Kurdish refugee musician based in Denmark, with an ‘Artist Award’ and 5,000 US dollars
05 December 2007
Turkey: Radio station to court for playing a song
Gün Radio is taken to court for a song entitled ‘Mesopotamia’, which was played by the station on 9 November 2006
15 November 2007
Turkey: Kurdish singer Ferhat Tunç threatened in the virtual world
Singer Ferhat Tunç has never felt as unsafe in Turkey as he does now. Death threats against him are published on the internet, and he faces yet another court case
01 November 2007
Turkey: Singer Ferhat Tunç acquitted
The Turkish-Kurdish singer Ferhat Tunc could leave Izmir High Criminal Court as a free man on 4 October 2007. The Freemuse delegation succeeded it’s mission
04 October 2007
Turkey: EU Commission to observe Tunç Trial
Senior Political Advisor Ms Selma Kiliçer from the EU Commission office in Ankara will observe the trial against Ferhat Tunç – and thus join the Freemuse delegation
03 October 2007
Ferhat Tunç campaign 2007
International campaign in support of musician on trial for remarks on Kurdish issue. Freemuse request the Turkish State to drop its case against singer Ferhat Tunç
02 October 2007
Freemuse Press Statement: Drop the cases against Ferhat Tunç
Freemuse Press Statement requesting immediate dismissal of all cases against Mr. Ferhat Tunç
01 October 2007
Press release: EU-MP joins Freemuse at Tunc court case in Izmir
This Freemuse press release was sent via e-mail to 312 journalists and media houses world-wide on Thursday 27 September 2007 at 16:11 GMT
27 September 2007
Turkey: Delegation in support of Ferhat Tunç
EU-politician and famous Danish musician join Freemuse delegation, travelling to attend the court case in Turkey against Kurdish singer Ferhat Tunç on 4 October 2007
27 September 2007
Turkey: A personal letter from musician Ferhat Tunç
A personal letter from Kurdish-Turkish musician Ferhat Tunç who was appointed a ‘Freemuse ambassador’ in September 2007, about his relationship with the organisation
25 September 2007
3rd Freemuse World Conference – report
Read all the speeches and testimonials from the 3rd Freemuse World Conference on music censorship, held in Istanbul in 2006
20 August 2007
Turkey: Ferhat Tunç continues his struggle
Despite death threats and continuous court cases, Turkish singer and writer Ferhat Tunç continues to critisise the Turkish court system and the government
25 June 2007
Turkey: Deceased Kurdish singer Ahmet Kaya still controversial
Ahmet Kaya (1957–2000) remains controversial seven years after his death. On 4 June 2007 three people were attacked for wearing a T-shirt with the printing of his name
07 June 2007
Turkey: Kurdish singer on trial for praising rebel leader
On 22 May 2007 a prosecutor demanded that a Kurdish singer be sentenced to five years in prison for performing a song that praises imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader
29 May 2007
Selda Bagcan: speech – November 2006
Video of Turkish singer Selda Bağcan’s testimony at the third Freemuse World Conference where she speaks about her personal experiences with music censorship in Turkey
15 May 2007
Turkey: Two musicians sentenced to 10 months in prison
A lawsuit was filed against folk singer Pınar Aydınlar (Sağ) and the Group Munzur members Özlem Gerçek and Erkan Duman demanding up to five years imprisonment
01 May 2007
Iran: ‘Half Moon’ – film about women’s right to sing
‘Half Moon’ is a prize-winning feature film which talks of women’s right to perform in public, and to participate in the artistic development of a land
25 April 2007
Turkey: Singer Ferhat Tunç informed about death threat with two months delay
“It is us who have killed Hırant Dink. Now it’s time to kill Ferhat Tunç,” read an e-mail delivered to Turkish Police on 24 January 2007 – right after the assassination of Hırant Dink
10 April 2007
Turkey: Punk band faces jail over ‘offensive’ song
The five members of the punk band Deli from Bursa face up to 18 months in jail for having insulted the country’s unpopular university entrance exam in a song
10 April 2007
Declaration demanding abolishment of Turkey’s Article 301
29 non-governmental organisations have released a joint declaration demanding abolishment of Article 301 of Turkish Penal Code and other articles violating freedom of expression
12 February 2007
Grup Yorum
Video interview with three members of Istanbul-based Grup Yorum about their personal experiences with music censorship in Turkey
09 February 2007
Turkey: One more judicial inquiry against singer Ferhat Tunç
Another “judicial inquiry” has been opened against Ferhat Tunç, because of what he said at a concert organised by a political party on 22 July 2006 in Alanya
19 January 2007
Ferhat Tunç: speech – November 2006
Video of speech by Kurdish-Turkish musician and composer Ferhat Tunç, held in Istanbul in November 2006 at the 3rd Freemuse World Conference
15 January 2007
3rd Freemuse World Conference on Music and Censorship
200 professional musicians, scholars, and composers from 22 countries met at the 3rd Freemuse World Conference on 25-26 November 2006 in Istanbul, Turkey
18 December 2006
Sanar Yurdatapan
Video interview with the Turkish composer and human rights activist, and director of the Association for Freedom of Expression, Şanar Yurdatapan
06 December 2006
Stephan Smith-Said
Video interview with the American musician and political activist Stephan Smith-Said (and others) about the importance of music and of fighting music censorship
06 December 2006
Turkey: Anti-censorship initiative launched
A new initiative against censorship was born when artists from Turkey launched the SSS – Sanatta Sansüre Son – which means “End to Censorship on Arts”
30 November 2006
UNESCO-study in support of freedom of musical expression
Study for UNESCO underlines the importance of freedom of musical expression while listing examples of suppression and censorship of music in numerous countries
10 November 2006
Sivan Perwer
Video interview with the famous Kurdish folk musician Sivan Perwer who has had numerous songs banned in Turkey. About the political role of the artist and the “Power of Music”
30 October 2006
Freemuse.org: Focus on artists from the Middle East
Watch the new video interviews on www.freemuse.org recorded during the ‘Images of the Middle East’ festival which took place in Denmark in August-September 2006
30 October 2006
Turkey: Government accused of “cultural genocide”
In a 46-pages article, a British author describes the situation in the Kurdish region of Turkey as a “cultural genocide” and states that a new anti-terror law is misused against freedom of expression
27 October 2006
Turkey: Supporters of Kurdish tv station criminalised
56 Kurdish mayors who stood up for Danish-based Kurdish Roj TV have gone on trial in Turkey, charged with aiding and abetting the outlawed terrorist organisation Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK)
27 September 2006
Turkey: Ferhat Tunç’s case sent to higher court
At a criminal court hearing on 15 September 2006, musician Ferhat Tunç who might face up to three years in prison, had his case sent to a higher court.
17 September 2006
Turkey: Kurdish singer prohibited from travelling
On May 14 2006 Kurdish singer Selda Bağcan was stopped by Turkish authorities from travelling to Canada for a concert, reports Kurdish Info
15 May 2006
Turkey: New sound of Kurdish music after ban was lifted
Aynur Dogan, once banned because of her Kurdish ethnicity, is perhaps the most recognizable of many Kurdish singers creating a new sound in Turkey
03 April 2006
Ferhat Tunc meets Danish MP’s
Kurdish singer met leading parliamentarians and high level representatives from Amnesty, Pen and Danish Arts organizations in Copenhagen.
01 February 2006
Turkey: “Keep Roj TV!” Turkish musicians protest
Turkish musicians signed a petition against attempts to ban the Denmark-based Kurdish Roj TV. The Danish government has been under diplomatic pressure to effect its closure.
17 January 2006
Turkey: Singer Ferhat Tunç receives death threats
“I regret to say that something I did for humanitarian purposes to save someone’s life was turned into a lynching campaign against me”
09 January 2006
Turkey: Ferhat Tunç appeared in court
The trial of artist Ferhat Tunç for an article he wrote in Özgür Gündem newspaper is adjourned to 31 May 2006
30 December 2005
Turkey: ‘Censorship – the Turkish way’
These original documents reveal the methods of official Turkish censorship
06 December 2005
Ferhat Tunç campaign 2005
International campaign: Freemuse and musicians world-wide request the Turkish State to drop its case against singer Ferhat Tunç
06 December 2005
Turkish musician of Laz minority refused by public tv
A musician from Turkey’s Laz minority group says the country’s public television has refused to allow him to perform his songs…
30 March 2005
Turkey: Ferhat Tunç case postponed
Ferhat Tunç’s hearing on the 2nd of December is postponed to 9th of March 2005, for the purpose of gathering additional documents
08 December 2004
Turkey: Ferhat Tunç again to appear before court
Ferhat Tunç will be tried due to article 159 of the (former Turkish Penal Code) because of using the phrase “deep judiciary” in an article he wrote. The first hearing will be held on December 2nd, 2004. Proposed sentence is imprisonment of 1 to 3 years
20 October 2004
Meet the banned! Freemuse conference abstract (WOMEX 2004)
Read abstract from the Freemuse conference session at WOMEX 2004, featuring Ferhat Tunc
19 October 2004
Meet the banned! Freemuse conference abstract (WOMEX 2004)
Read abstract from the Freemuse conference session at WOMEX 2004, featuring Ferhat Tunc
19 October 2004
WOMEX 2004
This year Freemuse presented two conference sessions: “Meet the banned! Music censorship in Turkey” featured Turkish musician Ferhat Tunç, while “9/11 – The world’s all out of tune” presented a new book on freedom of musical expression after 9/11
19 October 2004
Turkey: Testimony – the trials and arrests of Ferhat Tunç
“1986: Arrested for political reasons. One week of interrogations, degradations and torture in the notorious prison camp DAL.” Read the personal testimony of Turkish singer and human rights activist Ferhat Tunç
19 October 2004
Turkey: Censorship Past and Present
A historical approach to the nature of censorship. Article.
01 October 2004
Shoot the Singer! Book
‘Shoot the Singer! Music Censorship Today’ is the first worldwide presentation of contemporary cases of music censorship
25 May 2004
Freedom of Expression Awards 2004
The Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards 2004 took place on 22 March. The Music Award went to Daniel Barenboim & Edward Said. The other nominees were Gorki Luis Águila Carrasco (Cuba), Junoon (Pakistan), and Ferhat Tunc (Turkey)
24 March 2004
Veil lifts off once-forbidden Kurdish folklore music
The fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime has allowed the once-forbidden Kurdish music to spread throughout the country
18 March 2004
Kurds struggle to find voice in Turkey
As death threats and angry slogans greet a recent performance in Kurdish by one of Turkey’s most popular singers, many human rights advocates in Turkey feel Ankara still has a long way to go to meet European Union standards on minorities
28 December 2003
Turkey: Singer Ferhat Tunç arrested
Singer and human rights activist Ferhat Tunç, jailed for alleged separatist incitement, said that he still faces charges even though he was earlier released from jail.
17 July 2003
Dangerous Music
Listen to 2nd World Conference on Music and Censorship broadcast from Radio Netherlands . Interviews with Gerald Seligman, Executive Committee member of Freemuse, Farhad Darya ( Afghanistan), Sanar Yurdatapan (Turkey)
08 January 2003
Turkish reforms music to Kurds ears
The Kurdish hills are alive with the sound of music now that key changes in Turkey have enabled Kurdish musicians to come out of the closet
22 October 2002
Kurdish musician plays for freedom
Kurdish singer, Newroz, explains the impact that censorship has on his career
11 October 2002
Turkey: Busdriver penalized for Kurdish music
Abdullah Yagan has been sentenced to 45 months imprisonment by the State Security Court in Diyarbakir for playing Kurdish music in his minibus
29 July 2002
Heavy sentence for singing in Kurdish
The National Security Court (DGM) of Istanbul has given between 3-9 years prison sentence to the band Koma Denge Asiti for performing in Kurdish. The band had been charged with “aiding and abetting the PKK”
04 June 2002
Turkey: New media law heavily criticised
The Turkish parliament has approved a controversial bill that critics charge will further curtail press freedoms and strengthen media monopolies
16 May 2002
The dangerous music
The adventures of Sulhattin Onen, a minibus driver who, by playing a Kurdish music cassette, had “aided and abetted the PKK”. Onen was sentenced to 3 years in prison for playing Kurdish Music
10 April 2002
Local TV censored
A 200-year-old Kurdish song caused the closure last week of a television station operating in southeastern Turkey, home to the country’s Kurdish population. Gun-TV was taken off air on Friday for one month after broadcasting the song
29 March 2002
Ismail Türüt facing trial
Ismail Türüt, Turkish folk singer, is accused of “praising an act which is considered a crime” in a song that he had prepared for the election campaign of Sevki Yilmaz, an MP linked to the now banned Welfare Party
22 February 2001
Appeal from Intl. PEN: Kurdish performers banned
The international arts community is concerned by a disturbing number of cases involving the banning of songs and plays performed in the Kurdish language in Turkey
01 February 2001
Kurdish songs banned
Kurdish music groups harrassed by local authorities (December 2000)
10 January 2001
Freemusepedia timeline: Europe: 1900-1949
Turkey: Kurdish music and Whirling Dervishes. Germany: Eta Harich-Schneider, Ernst Krenek, Arnold Schoenberg, Berthold Goldschmidt, Otto Klemperer, Bruno Walter, Anton Webern Mendelssohn, Mahler. Czechoslovakia: Erwin Schulhoff. Italy: ‘Jazz’. Austria:
01 January 2001