• Austria/Turkey: Concert cancelled, song banned related to referendum vote

    As Turkey gears up for a constitutional referendum on 16 April 2017, steps have been taken at home and abroad to influence voters that have also affected art and artists. In the south eastern province of Şırnak, the local government banned song ‘Bejin Na’ (Say No), the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) official referendum campaign […]
  • Turkey: The Freemuse Files on Censorship of the Arts

    For almost 20 years, Freemuse has documented violations on freedom of musical expressions and since 2012 also violations on other art forms in Turkey. ‘Turkey – The Freemuse Files’ is the first in a series of Freemuse compilations. The idea is to provide our readers, network partners and policy makers with an easy, quick overview […]
  • Turkey: Seven members of Grup Yorum arrested

    Turkish police arrested seven members of famous folk band Grup Yorum on 23 November 2016 on charges of assault, resisting and insulting police, and being members of a terrorist group, reported Birgün on 24 November 2016. Grup Yorum’s lawyer Aytaç Ünsal told the Turkish newspaper: Even 3 days after they were initially taken into custody, […]
  • Turkey: Court acquits musician of blasphemy charges after four-year ordeal

    An Istanbul court acquitted pianist Fazıl Say on 7 September 2016 of blasphemy charges after a four-year legal battle stemming from a 2012 post he re-tweeted consisting of lines written by 11th century Persian poet Omar Khayyam, reported Hurriyet Daily News on 7 September 2016. The pianist went to trial in October 2012 after three […]
  • Turkey: Singer’s concerts cancelled due to coup-related remarks

    The Turkish government cancelled four concerts by pop star Sıla Gençoğlu over comments she made about a democracy rally held in Istanbul on 7 August 2016 in the aftermath of an attempted coup that happened a month earlier, reported Hurriyet Daily News on 11 August 2016.  “I am absolutely against the coup, but I prefer […]
  • Turkey: Music fans attacked at Radiohead store event

    Music fans enjoying a special worldwide release event on 17 June 2016 for rock band Radiohead’s latest album at record store Velvet Indieground in the Cihangir district of Istanbul were attacked by a mob of about 20 men who took offense to people listening to music and drinking alcohol during Ramadan, reported The Guardian 18 […]
  • Turkey: “Music that sexually turns on people is a sin”

    Artists are facing severe difficulties under Erdoğan’s rule. On 15 February 2016, The Turkish Directorate of Religious Affairs, issued a fatwa – a religious ban – on ‘sexual’ music. The latest victim of this arbitrary repression is an imam who runs a rockband and opposes the Directorate’s fatwa from a religious perspective. By Yiğit Günay […]
  • Germany: Turkey attempts to stop EU funding orchestra performance

    Markus Rindt, the director of the Dresden Symphony, has claimed that Turkey has demanded the European Commission (EC) pull its 200,000 Euros funding from the ‘Aghet’ art project, in which his orchestra will perform a piece on 30 April 2016 marking the 101-year anniversary of the Armenian genocide, reported The Independent on 25 April 2016. […]
  • Turkey: Baby donkeys, insults and presidents

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is notorious for bringing thousands of his citizens, including many artists, up on insult charges ever since he took power in 2014. Freemuse continues to report on the president’s repression of artistic expression; and while he currently tries to force another country – Germany – to do the same on his behalf, artists […]
  • Turkey: ‘Rocking imam’ blocked from singing in Portugal

    Turkish imam and rock musician Ahmet Muhsin Tüzer has been denied permission to give a concert in Portugal by Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs, the Diyanet, reported several news media on 1 March 2016. Known in Turkey as the “Rockin’ Imam”, Ahmet Muhsin is the imam in the town of Kas, a tiny hamlet on […]
  • Art Under Threat: Attacks on artistic freedom in 2015

    Freemuse Annual Statistics on Censorship and Attacks on Artistic Freedom in 2015 Artistic freedom is under extreme pressure in far too many countries. The Freemuse annual report summarises censorship and threats on artistic freedom in 2015 in over 70 countries. In total, Freemuse registered 469 cases of censorship and attacks on artists and violations of […]
  • Turkey: Children’s play banned due to “inappropriate” song

    A play that has been staged for children for the last 14 years was banned in the Çankaya District Directorate of Education of Turkey’s capital Ankara for having one song deemed “inappropriate”, reported Today’s Zaman on 14 January 2016. Playwright Serap Gültekin told newspaper Radikal that the application to stage her play ‘My Chess Pieces’ […]
  • Turkey: Blasphemy ruling reversed for pianist Say

    Pianist Fazıl Say may no longer face a ten-month jail sentence for blasphemy charges related to his tweets as Turkey’s Supreme Court of Appeals overturned the decision, saying his social media posts fall within the realm of freedom of expression, Hurriyet Daily News reported. The court ruled by majority – four to one – that […]
  • Turkey: Election board bans AK Party campaign song

    In September 2015, the Supreme Election Board (YSK) imposed a ban on broadcasting the AK Party’s campaign song for the 1 November election on the grounds of “abusing religious symbols in the name of politics”. According to Today’s Zaman and other Turkish media, the ban was issued after the Republican People’s Party’s deputy Mahmut Tanal […]
  • Turkey: Iconic folk singer reflects on art and politics

    “My youth was spent from one prison term to another. Imagine! You are not a murderer, you did not steal from anybody. But you are in prison! Why? Because you are a singer. Regardless, I never regretted the music I made in that period. Not once. And if I were to return to those days […]
  • Turkey: The disconnect between what is said and what is done

    Copenhagen, 9 July 2015 | Out of 278 recommendations for improvements in human rights put forward, the Turkish government accepted 215 as Turkey’s second Universal Periodic Review by the United Nations Human Rights Council came to a close on 26 June. Turkey rejected key recommendations to amend or abolish laws which are used to unfairly […]
  • Turkey: Court reverses Governor’s ban on concert in Istanbul

    The famous Turkish folk music band Grup Yorum celebrated its 30th anniversary with a concert in Istanbul on 28 June 2015, even though the first two attempts to organise this concert earlier in the year were banned by the Istanbul Governor’s Office. The ban was eventually reversed by a court decision, so that on 28 […]
  • Turkey: 19-year-old singer attacked after threats

    After appearing on the Turkish talent show Sesi Çok Güzel on national tv, the 19-year-old singer Mutlu Kaya reportedly received death threats and was attacked in her home, reported Agence France-Presse and Hurriyet on 18 May 2015. The assailant fired a bullet into the house through a back window in the garden, and Mutlu Kaya […]
  • Turkey: 10 months imprisonment for dancing to Kurdish songs

    Semra Getiren Gören has been charged with 10 months imprisonment for participating in a meeting organised on the World Peace Day in Bursa where she danced the ‘halay’ accompanied by Kurdish songs, reported antenna-tr.org. Semra Getiren Gören and 16 of her friends reportedly stood trial with the allegation of having been “dancing the halay accompanied […]
  • Turkey: Music video under criminal investigation

    Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office Press Offences Bureau has started an examination of a music video prepared by Art Assembly member artists with the slogan “Stop life on 11 March for Berkin,” for the memory of Berkin Elvan, who died nine months after being injured during the Gezi Park protests. The artists who prepared the […]
  • Turkey: Young Kurdish singer imprisoned

    Al Jazeera has published a video by a Turkish-Kurdish filmmaker about the Kurdish singer Nûdem Durak. The singer’s future is uncertain, because the Turkish government allegedly has convicted her to 10.5 years imprisonment for “promoting Kurdish propaganda”, according to Al Jazeera. Published on Youtube on 30 April 2015 Maker of the documentary film, Eylem Kaftan, […]
  • Turkey: Kurdish singer detained in airport, later released

    Hozan Kawa, a Kurdish musician who flew from Cologne in Germany to İstanbul in Turkey to join celebrations for the Nevruz festival, was detained at İstanbul Atatürk Airport on 16 March 2015 and then released the following day. The 43-year-old musician was taken to the police station at the airport after his arrival because of […]
  • Turkey: Legal breakthrough in favour of prosecuted singer Ferhat Tunç

    The European Court of Human Rights has convicted Turkey of violating freedom of speech in the case of singer Ferhat Tunç. A Turkish court had sentenced Ferhat Tunç to three months in prison and ordered him to pay a fine for having made dissident comments during a concert. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) […]
  • Turkey: Government reported to the UN Council on Human Rights

    Artists, activists and journalists respond to Turkey’s presentation to the UN Council on Human Rights Universal Periodic Review   On 27 January 2015, Bülent Arinç, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, delivered a report on the state of human rights in Turkey to the United Nations Council on Human Rights. Arinç, accompanied by a delegation of […]
  • Turkey: Charges against musician of insult to prime minister

    On 16 January 2015 an investigation was opened against folk music artist Kutsal Evcimen because of insulting prime minister of the time, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, with the folk song ‘Satın Eşek Sıpaları’ which he sang – and with a short speech he made – during Malatya 11th International Arguvan Folk Music Festival. The Initiative for Free Expression […]
  • Freemuse co-hosts UN Universal Periodic Review session on Turkey

    Freemuse and several Turkish partners are hosting a joint event in Istanbul, Turkey, on 27 January 2015 for artists and freedom of expression activists and media. The participants will watch a live web-cast from the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva as it reviews the human rights situation in Turkey. On 27 January 2015, […]
  • Turkey: Pianist tells government not to fear artists

    World-renowned Turkish pianist Fazil Say appealed to the Turkish government on 23 October 2014 not to be ‘afraid’ of artists after he claimed that his works were removed from a state-funded orchestras repertoire. The 44-year-old virtuoso, who has had many run-ins with the authorities, wrote an open letter to the government in which he denounced […]
  • Turkey abuse laws to punish artists challenging authorities

    Law suits, arrests, threats and banning orders, these are all dangers that artists in Turkey who touch on sensitive issues face today. This is pointed out by the UPR submission that Freemuse, Siyah Bant and the Initiative for Freedom of Expression has forwarded to the UN. The Turkish Anti Terror Law (TMK) continues to be […]
  • Turkey: Imam given go ahead to make rock‘n’roll

    A Turkish imam, Ahmet Muhsin Tüzer, has been allowed to rock on after the country’s powerful religious authorities gave him the green light to continue playing in his band after a nine-month investigation. Ahmet Muhsin Tüzer, a Muslim religious leader from a tiny hamlet on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, was investigated by the Diyanet, the state […]
  • Turkey: Musicians of Grup Yorum plan hunger strike

    Members of the popular Turkish band Grup Yorum announced that they are planning to stage a hunger strike to protest a government ‘assault on the arts’, according to a press release issued on 14 February 2014. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) “is targeting all artists that oppose it. They are closing theatres, […]
  • Turkey: Ferhat Tunc joins Freemuse at conference in Sweden

    The Turkish singer Ferhat Tunç will join Freemuse Director Ole Reitov on 12 February 2014 at an international conference ‘Freedom of Speech – Perspectives and Initiatives’ in Uppsala, Sweden. Ferhat Tunç, a Freemuse Award winner, has faced dozens of court cases in Turkey. He is considered one of the most important voices for the rights […]
  • Turkey: ‘Rock‘n’roll Imam’ under investigation

    Turkish authorities are investigating whether the imam of a Mediterranean mosque, Ahmet Muhsin Tuzer, can continue his rock band, or whether the genre is incompatible with Islam. “I have heard that the decision will come in two to three weeks,” Tuzer said by telephone from Pinarkoy. Whatever the verdict will be, “I will continue to […]
  • Turkey: Ferhat Tunc concert interrupted by protesters and power cut

    A group of protesters intervened in folk singer Ferhat Tunç’s concert by singing the Turkish national anthem. The concert was organised by the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) in Dikili, Izmir. Following a power cut in the concert area, Ferhat Tunç ended the concert saying he would keep singing freedom songs. Clashes broke out between […]
  • Turkey: Imam who is also a musician receives threats

    Imam and rock musician Ahmet Muhsin Tüzer gave a concert with a repertoire composed entirely by himself at Kaş Marina on 10 August 2013. After the concert was reported by the press, he began to receive threatening and insulting messages. 42-year-old Ahmet Muhsin Tüzer is an imam of a mosque in the village Pınarbası in […]
  • Turkey: Persecuted folk band Grup Yorum in centre of attention

    The development in Turkey has given the Istanbul-based folk music band Group Yorum new fame and publicity around the world. On 18 June, Group Yorum signed a statement along with many other Turkish musicians who condemn police violence and what they term as “the government’s abuse of power in Turkey”. On 23 May 2013, the […]
  • Freemuse speaks at Human Rights Council

    On 3 June 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland, Freemuse made its first oral statement in the Human Rights Council of the United Nations. Commenting on the newly launched UN report on artistic freedom and creativity, Freemuse Programme Manager Ole Reitov said: “The problems faced by artists are well described. Your analysis of the negative effects on […]
  • Turkey: Pianist Fazil Say sentenced for Twitter posts

    World-renowned Turkish pianist Fazil Say was given a 10 month suspended jail sentence for blasphemy by the 19th Criminal Court in Istanbul on April 15 2013 after retweeting an ancient poem on Twitter. Fazil Say, 42, was found guilty of violating Article 216 (3) of the Turkish Criminal Code, which prohibits  the ‘denigration of the […]
  • Turkey: Imprisoned Grup Yorum member silenced in court

    NEWS 04 March 2013 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. Instead, gendarmes forced him to leave the court room. Antenna TR reported in their weekly newsletter, […]
  • Turkey: Pianist Fazıl Say in court for the second time

    NEWS 14 February 2013 Turkey: Pianist Fazıl Say in court for the second time The celebrated Turkish pianist, composer and writer Fazıl Say will be appearing in court for the second time on Monday 18 February 2013. Fazıl Say is on trial for some comments he posted on Twitter and is charged for blasphemy and […]
  • Turkey: Five members of Grup Yorum detained

    NEWS 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, Turkish media reported. Five members of the popular folk-rock band Grup Yorum were detained. Cihan Keskek, another member of the band, told this to Reuters by telephone from […]
  • Turkey: Ferhat Tunc’s prison sentence turned into speaking ban

    NEWS 20 December 2012 Turkey: Ferhat Tunç’s prison sentence turned into speaking ban On 27 June 2012, Dersim Malatya Third High Criminal Court sentenced singer Ferhat Tunç to two years in prison for having promoted İbrahim Kaypakkaya in a speech he held on 1 May 2011. According to new legal rearrangements, the sentence has now […]
  • Turkey: Authorities’ persecution of Kurdish artists continues

    NEWS Turkey: Authorities’ persecution of Kurdish artists continues The first hearing of the court case against four members of Grup Yorum along with nine others who are charged with ‘membership of and propaganda for a terrorist organisation’, DHKP-C, was held at İstanbul No. 15 High Criminal Court. In a defense statement Ayfer Rüzgar said that […]
  • Turkey: ‘Silencing Music in Turkey 2012’ – an 18-pages leaflet

    NEWS 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 by the Initiative for Freedom of Expression in Istanbul, Turkey, in connection with the first world conference on artistic freedom of […]
  • Turkey: Grup Yorum members allegedly tortured in custody

    NEWS Turkey: Grup Yorum members allegedly tortured in custody A singer and a violinist with the left-wing band Grup Yorum claim they were tortured in police custody after they were detained during an unauthorized demonstration in İstanbul’s Yenibosna neighborhood. Grup Yorum vocalist Sema Altın and violinist Ezgi Dilan were taken into custody after they had […]
  • Turkey: Dancing to Kurdish music labelled as propaganda for terrorism

    NEWS 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. By ANF News Agency  Together with two 19-year-old boys, Ali Okutan and Dersim Dinçer, he is accused of having celebrated […]
  • Turkey: Ferhat Tunc sentenced to two years in prison

    NEWS 27 June 2012 Turkey: Ferhat Tunç sentenced to two years in prison A court in the eastern province of Malatya sentenced Kurdish singer and composer Ferhat Tunç to two years in prison on terrorism related charges due to his invocation during a speech in 2011 where he mentioned names of three deceased Turkish leftists, […]
  • Turkey: Acclaimed pianist charged for blasphemy

    NEWS 13 June 2012 Turkey: Acclaimed pianist charged for blasphemy Turkish composer and pianist Fazil Say faces trial on 18 October 2012 on charges of insulting religious values, with a possible 18-month prison sentence, his lawyer Meltem Akyol told news agencies in Istanbul. Fazil Say has long been a controversial artist in Turkey. He is […]
  • Turkey: 17-year-old charged for exchanging Kurdish songs on Facebook

    NEWS Turkey: 17-year-old charged for exchanging Kurdish songs on Facebook According to the French newspaper Mediapart, the Turkish prosecution wanted to imprison a 17-year-old Kurdish boy for 40 years after he was accused of eight charges, including the exchange of Kurdish songs on Facebook. By Mahmoud al-Fakih, AK News – Kurdistan News Agency The teenager, known […]
  • Turkey: Students charged for singing Grup Yorum song

    NEWS 18 May 2012 Turkey: Students charged for singing Grup Yorum song Three students are accused of singing an old Kurdish song and chanting slogans which allegedly were “making propaganda for a terrorist organisation”. Attending the ‘Multi Voiced One Soul Meeting for High Quality Health Service’ rally organised by the Turkish Medical Doctors Association on […]
  • Turkey: Another legal action against singer Pınar Aydınlar

    NEWS Turkey: Another legal action against singer Pınar Aydınlar The following was published by Antenna-TR in its Freedom of Expression Weekly Bulletin Issue 19/2012 on 11 May 2012:A lawsuit was filed against folk singer Pınar Aydınlar (also known as Pinar Sağ) and the Group Munzur members Özlem Gerçek and Erkan Duman demanding between one and […]
  • Turkey: Grup Yorum member still in detention

    NEWS Turkey:Grup Yorum member still in detention The first hearing of the lawsuit concerning musician Seçkin Aydoğan, member of Group Yorum, and five other defendants who are on trial for “being a member of a terrorist organisation” and “terrorist organisation propaganda” was heard at İstanbul 15th High Criminal Court with special force. Aydoğan was not […]
  • Turkey: Attack on Grup Yorum member in prison

    NEWS 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. According to Antenna.tr, Grup Yorum stated that Seçkin Aydoğan and the two inmates Eser Morsümbül and Onur were attacked during the morning […]
  • Turkey: Prisoners punished again for singing Kurdish songs

    NEWS 13 March 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”, reported Antenna’s Freedom of Expression Weekly Bulletin on 8 March 2012. Hatice Şahin and Doğan Şahin […]
  • Turkey: Sanar Yurdatapan: ‘There is a lot of work to do for all of us’

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY 2012 03 March 2012 Turkey:Chronicle by 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 human rights activist and musician Sanar Yurdatapan in his chronicle on the […]
  • Turkey: Musician of Grup Yorum detained

    NEWS 14 February 2012 Turkey:Musician of Grup Yorum detained The following was reported by IPS Communication Foundation, Bianet, who sent out this notice on 13 February 2012 through IFEX, the network of free expression groups that monitors violations worldwide: (BIANET/IFEX) – Seckin Aydogan, a member of the band Grup Yorum (“Group Comment”), has been in […]
  • Turkey: Killed for requesting a Kurdish song

    NEWS 03 January 2012 Turkey:Killed for requesting a Kurdish song A weekend in December 2011 ended tragically when Gazi Akbayir, a man originally from Tunceli, was brutally murdered after having requested that musicians in a bar sing a folksong in Zaza Kurdish, his native language. The sad incident took place in a bar in Izmir […]
  • Turkey: Ferhat Tunç in court once again

    NEWS 16 December 2011   Turkey: Ferhat Tunç in court once again Turkish singer Ferhat Tunç is the target of seven investigations and two trials at the moment. This time it isn’t because of his music, but due to the speeches he held during his campaign for the general elections in June 2011. Freemuse award […]
  • Fuat Talay

    FUAT TALAY(Turkey) ##PagePublishedLong## Fuat Talay comments on music censorship in Turkey. Recorded on 21 November 2011. 29 October 2008 Turkish musician Fuat Talay explains about his personal experiences with music censorship in Turkey which led to his imprisonment and exile. The interview was held in connection with a ‘Concert against music censorship’ which was organised by […]
  • Turkey: Campaign for Kurdish singer and activist Gazin (Raziye Kızıl)

    NEWS Turkey: Petition for Kurdish singer and activist Gazin “Kurdish activist and singer Gazin (Raziye Kızıl) is facing jail time for simply singing two songs,” writes Kamayani Bali-Mahabal who has started a petition addressed to the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Raziye Kızıl was sentenced to one year in prison for having sung two […]
  • Turkey: Acquitted from 12 years’ prison charge for political music album

    ARTICLE 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 charge, he told the Hürriyet Daily News. Kurt also stands as a highly symbolic figure for […]
  • Turkey: One year in prison for singing two Kurdish folk songs

    NEWS Turkey: One year in prison for singing two Kurdish folk songs Raziye Kızıl (also known as Gazin) was sentenced to one year in prison for having sung two Kurdish songs and thereby “making propaganda for an illegal organisation”. A second trial against her now carries an extra five-year prison threat, reported BİA News Center […]
  • Turkey: 10 months in prison for chanting slogans at a concert

    NEWS 18 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, Circuit 9, reported ANF News Agency and several other news sources […]
  • Turkey: Convicted for having lyrics by Grup Yorum on computer

    NEWS 05 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 Turkish and Kurdish songs on her computer, reported Antenna-tr According to the human rights organisation Antenna-tr, a lawsuit was first […]
  • Turkey: Prisoners punished with visitor-ban for singing a folk song

    NEWS 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. According to the human rights organisation Antenna-tr, Berna Yılmaz and Ferhat Tüzer have spent the last 17 months in […]
  • Turkey: Kurdish singer’s concert cut short by protesters

    NEWS 25 July 2011 Turkey: Kurdish singer’s concert cut short by protesters On 15 July 2011 at the 18th İstanbul Jazz Festival, the concert of the Kurdish singer Aynur Doğan was interrupted by a group of nationalists, reported Antenna.tr in its weekly bulletin, along with Bianet News. Aynur Doğan came on stage at Harbiye Cemil […]
  • Turkey: Trial against the Kurdish singer Yılmaz D

    NEWS 22 July 2011 Turkey: Trial against the Kurdish singer Yılmaz Dünen The Kurdish singer Farquin (real name: Yılmaz Dünen) is facing a prison sentence of between seven and 20 years, charged with ‘membership of an illegal organisation’ and ‘spreading propaganda for an illegal organisation’. Farquin is apparently on trial because he hosted the welcome ceremony […]
  • Turkey: Prisoners punished for singing political slogans

    NEWS 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, reported Antenna-Turkey in its Freedom of Expression Weekly Bulletin of 24 June 2011. Six prisoners received a month of ban for visitors and 57 were banned […]
  • Turkey: Singer and politician Ferhat Tunc receives violence threats

    CAMPAIGN NEWS 11 May 2011 Turkey: 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 to meet with rural inhabitants and formulate projects related to Kurdish and Aleviti issues, and the 30-year […]
  • Turkey: Court acquitted singers charged with insulting the president

    NEWS Turkey: Court acquitted singers charged with insulting the president The 16 members of the Beyoğlu Troupe of Actors were sued by Prime Minister Erdoğan on the grounds of the lyrics of a song they performed. On 8 June 2011 they were acquitted, reported BİA News Center. The 16 members of the Beyoğlu Troupe of […]
  • Turkey: Three members of Grup Yorum taken into custody

    NEWS 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 three separate locations in Istanbul, reported Bianet and Hurriyet Daily News Approximately 46 people were taken into custody on charges of membership […]
  • Turkey: New court case against Ferhat Tunc

    NEWS Turkey: Freemuse: New court case against Ferhat Tunç is ‘copy-pasted’ The pattern is well known by now. As soon as the Kurdish-Turkish singer Ferhat Tunç has been acquitted, a new court case is being opened against him. The Turkish courts appear to be ‘copy-pasting’ cases against the popular singer, and the agenda is allegedly […]
  • Music Freedom Day: Meanwhile in Turkey, musicians are persecuted

    MUSIC FREEDOM DAY Turkey: Singer: musicians in Turkey are being repressed and persecuted “Music Freedom Day — what freedom? You said musicians would be free? They prosecute us for our words when we speak, and for our songs when we sing,”says Kurdish singer Ferhat Tunç. He wrote this article to Freemuse as a personal comment […]
  • Turkey: Song lyrics prompt legal action against university students

    NEWS Turkey: Song lyrics prompt legal action against university students A trial against 16 members of the Beyoglu Troupe of Actors filed by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan started on 21 January 2011, and was postponed to 25 March 2011. The university students are charged with “insult” in connection with the lyrics of a song […]
  • Turkey: Singer Pınar Sağ ten months in prison for praising revolutionary leader

    NEWS Turkey: Singer Pınar Sağ sentenced to ten months in prison On 27 January 2011, Turkish folk music singer Pınar Sağ was sentenced to ten months in prison for praising leftist revolutionary Ibrahim Kaypakkaya at the 2009 Traditional 9th Munzur Natur and Culture Festival in Dersim, reported Bianet.org Pınar Sağ was facing a prison sentence […]
  • Turkey: Ferhat Tunc receives 25 days prison sentence

    CAMPAIGN NEWS 27 January 2011   Turkey: Ferhat Tunç receives 25 days prison sentence   Freemuse Award winner, Ferhat Tunç, has been sentenced to 25 days in prison for a speech he made during a concert in 2006. Tunç was earlier tried and later on acquitted in the same case of charges of “spreading propaganda […]
  • Germany: Kurdish concerts banned by authorities in Berlin

    NEWS 05 January 2011 Germany: Kurdish concerts banned by authorities in Berlin In Berlin, a concert with the Kurdish artists Hozan Aydın and Şerîbana Kurdî, scheduled to take place on 19 December 2010, was prohibited in court because it was found to be celebrating the foundation of the banned militant Kurdish organisation PKK. The artists, […]
  • Turkey: Supreme Court re-opens case against Ferhat Tunc

    CAMPAIGN NEWS 04 January 2011 Turkey:   Supreme Court re-opens case against Ferhat Tunç   Going to court is becoming a repeatative nightmare for singer Ferhat Tunç Just before New Year 2011, the Kurdish singer found himself, once again, squeezed by the Turkish court system when The Court of Appeals 9th Chamber quashed the Malatya […]
  • Turkey: Ferhat Tunc on trial again

    NEWS Turkey: Ferhat Tunç on trial again Singer Ferhat Tunç was acquitted in the court case against him at in Malatya Criminal Court in which he was accused of communist propaganda. But Chamber 9 of the Appeal Court rejected the decision, and Tunç will now be tried again. This was reported by the Turkish Human […]
  • Turkey: Ferhat Tunc acquitted and immediately charged again

    CAMPAIGN NEWS 05 November 2010 Turkey: Ferhat Tunç acquitted – and immediately charged again One day after the court in Diyabarkir acquitted Freemuse award winner, Ferhat Tunç the Istanbul police turned up at his home today to inform the singer that he will be charged in two new cases Ferhat Tunç in a mail to […]
  • Turkey: Musician faces four years imprisonment

    NEWS 20 September 2010 Turkey: Musician faces four years imprisonment The Turkish folk music artist Pınar Sağ faces imprisonment of a total of four years for allegedly praising leftist revolutionary İbrahim Kaypakkaya and for criticizing the killing of 17 people by security forces. Pinar Sağ said in her defence: “I advocated for peace”. This was […]
  • Turkey: Court case against two teenagers for singing Kurdish song

    NEWS 06 September 2010 Turkey: Court case against teenagers for singing Kurdish song Malazgirt Criminal Court have 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’ at the International Women’s Day event on 8 March 2009. The event was organised by BDP Malazgirt […]
  • Turkey: Ferhat Tunc acquitted

    CAMPAIGN NEWS Turkey:Ferhat Tunç acquitted Freemuse Award winner, Ferhat Tunç was acquitted this morning from the Diyarbarkir Criminal Court in Turkey. Facing a 15 year prison sentence because of a speech he made during the First Eruh-Çirav Nature Culture and Arts Festival on 15 August 2009, Tunç was tried under article 7/2 of the Anti-Terrorism […]
  • Turkey: Date of next hearing set in Ferhat Tunc’s case

    CAMPAIGN NEWS 04 August 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 The Diyarbakır Criminal Court oversaw the first hearing on 28 July 2010 and has announced that it […]
  • Turkey: Court sentences band to 10 months imprisonment for Kurdish song

    NEWS 27 July 2010 Turkey: Court sentences band members to 10 months imprisonment for Kurdish song The Malatya Criminal Court in Eastern Turkey has sentenced band members of Grup Munzur to 10 months imprisonment for singing a Kurdish song at a concert held in Hozat on 16 June 2008. The sentence is the second of […]
  • Turkey: Singer sentenced to 10 months in prison

    NEWS Turkey:Singer sentenced to 10 months in prison for comments made at concert in 2009 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. The Turkish online freedom of expression platform Antenna-tr.org reports that the Diyarbakır […]
  • Freemuse appeals to Turkish Prime Minister: Dismiss Ferhat Tunc

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  • Turkey: Kurdish singer Ferhat Tunc faces 15 years in prison

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  • Turkey: Kurdish music in turmoil of censorship and court cases

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  • Lebanon: Song touching ‘The Armenian question’ banned

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  • Turkey: German musician detained and told to leave the country

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  • Turkey: One year ban and prison sentences to Kurdish music group

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  • Turkey: A new investigation against musician Ferhat Tunc

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  • Turkey: Kurdish singer Rojda charged with 20 months imprisonment

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  • Freemuse Award 2010: Winners honoured in London

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  • Freemuse Award winners 2010: Mahsa Vahdat and Ferhat Tunc

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  • Press release: Freemuse Award winners 2010: Mahsa Vahdat and Ferhat Tunc

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  • Turkey: Police convicted of beating café worker for playing Kurdish music

    NEWS 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 man for playing an Ahmet Kaya song in a café, reported Antenna.tr Police officers referred to as ‘M.B.’ and ‘B.O.’ were each condemned […]
  • Turkey: Broadcasting in local languages allowed without time limit

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  • Turkey: Killed for singing Kurdish folk songs in bar

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  • Turkey: Kurdish singer and musician Rojda arrested

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  • Turkey: Folk singer and poet on trial for “praising crime”

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  • Turkey: Ferhat Tunc sang at large rally for Alevi rights

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  • Turkey: Pop star both condemned and praised for political statement

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  • Turkey: Artists make joint statement and petition against oppression

    NEWS Turkey: Artists make joint statement and petition against oppression A signature campaign was launched by the Turkish Artists Initiative on 29 February 2012. Renowned Turkish musicians such as Edip Akbayram support the campaign, entitled ‘We disapprove’. BİA News Center’s Nilay Vardar wrote: Istanbul – BİA News Center1 March 2012, Thursday The Artists Initiative expressed […]
  • Turkey: American music video banned for ‘explicit sexual content’

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  • Ferhat Tunc

    FERHAT TUNÇ(Turkey) Singer and musician Ferhat Tunç from Dersim in the Kurdish part of Turkey speaks about his personal experiences with and understanding of music censorship in Turkey Wimpy Wasp Player Flash Player upgrade required The Kurdish-Turkish singer Ferhat Tunç was born in 1964 in Turkey’s most eastern region, Dersim. His music has been censored in […]
  • Ferhat Tunc

    FERHAT TUNÇ(Turkey) Singer and musician Ferhat Tunç from Dersim in the Kurdish part of Turkey speaks about his personal experiences with and understanding of music censorship in Turkey Wimpy Wasp Player Flash Player upgrade required The Kurdish-Turkish singer Ferhat Tunç was born in 1964 in Turkey’s most eastern region, Dersim. His music has been censored in […]
  • Turkey: Singer Ferhat Tunc in his seventh court case

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  • Turkey: Yet another Kurdish song cleared in court

    NEWS Turkey:Yet another Kurdish song cleared in court On 19 March 2009, the 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’, reported the hunan rights organisation Antenna and the monitoring network IPS Communication Foundation, Bianet. Mehmet […]
  • USA: Censored musicians spoke at Duke University

    NEWS USA:Censored musicians spoke and performed at Duke University In its human rights series, Duke University in North Carolina, USA, presented two censored musicians, Ferhat Tunç from Turkey and Roger Lucey from South Africa, and highlighted freedom of musical expression.        Roger Lucey Music censorship and music activism was in focus at Duke University in USA […]
  • Turkey: Acquitted in court case over broadcasting a Kurdish song

    NEWS Turkey: Acquitted for having broadcasted Kurdish song A Turkish court has cleared the Kurdish singer Şivan Perwer’s song ‘Mihemedo’ of an accusation of ‘inciting hatred and hostility’. Mehmet Arslan, the editor of Radio Dünya, a local radio station in Adana in southern Turkey, broadcasted the folk song ‘Mihemedo’ on 16 October 2007 – the […]
  • Human Rights for Musicians – Ferhat Tunc

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  • Human Rights for Musicians – Impressions & Descriptions: Ferhat Tunc

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  • Turkey: Popular singer acquitted of anti-military remarks

    NEWS 06 January 2009 Turkey:Popular singer acquitted of anti-military remarks Singer and tv host Bülent Ersoy has been acquitted of charges against her for having made anti-military remarks during a tv programme broadcasted on 24 February 2008. Bülent Ersoy was charged with “alienating people from military service” over her remarks at the show Popstar Alaturka […]
  • Turkey: Jail sentence to Kurdish folk singer

    NEWS Turkey: Jail sentence to Kurdish folk singer Folk music singer Hasan Sağlam was sentenced to 10 months’ imprisonment for “making terrorist propaganda” because he sang the Kurdish song ‘Vuruldu Sevdamız Kirvem’ at the Munzur Festival in Tunceli in 2007. The song’s title, ‘Vuruldu Sevdamız Kirvem’, means: ‘Our love was shot, my kirve’ — where […]
  • Turkey: Busdriver convicted for playing Kurdish song

    NEWS 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. Mustafa Tüzün was accused of making terrorist propaganda, because he transmitted the song titled ‘Le Amedê’ from the loudspeakers on his bus when he was […]
  • Turkey: Interview with exiled musician Fuat Talay

    ARTIST PROFILE Turkey:Fuat Talay: ‘I escaped and cannot return’ Baglama-player and singer Fuat Talay doesn’t make much noise 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. In July 2008 he is in the media limelight because of a […]
  • Turkey: Singer Bulent Ersoy taken to court

    NEWS 19 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”. Bakırköy public prosecutor Ali Çakır asked for three year prison sentence for singer Bülent Ersoy because of what she said in the Turkish tv show ‘Popstar Alaturka’ where she […]
  • Turkey: Arrest order for director of childrens’ choir

    NEWS Turkey: Arrest order for director of childrens’ choir Three teenagers, members of Diyarbakir Yenişehir Council Childrens’ Choir, were on trial on 19 June 2008 over performing a march-song in Kurdish at a concert in the United States. The Turkish court acquitted them, but at the same time issued an arrest order for the director […]
  • Turkey: Banned rapper did not back down

    NEWS Turkey:Banned rapper did not back down In 2000, when Turkish rapper Sultana launched her debut album with the song ‘Kuşu Kalkmaz’ its music video was immediately banned from tv. She then moved to the US, and disappeared from the lime light. After an eight-year hiatus Sultana is now re-entering the music stage. Television channels […]
  • Turkey: Three children stand trial for singing a march in Kurdish

    NEWS Turkey:Three children stand trial for singing a march song Three members of a Kurdish children’s choir face prison charges by Turkish prosecutors for simply singing an old Kurdish song, reported Initiative for Freedom of Expression in Turkey on 6 June 2008. An online petition and a ‘civil disobedience action’ seek to stop the prosecution. […]
  • Turkey: Singer Ferhat Tunc’s trial postponed again

    NEWS Turkey:Singer Ferhat Tunç’s trial postponed again On 28 May 2008 Ferhat Tunç stood trial over an article entitled ‘a revolutionaty Leyla and a song’ which was published in Özgür Gündem newspaper. But once again, the trial was postponed. Ferhat Tunç was charged with ‘insulting the judiciary’ according to Article 301 of the Turkish Penal […]
  • Turkey/Germany: Panel debate about Turkish censorship

    NEWS 08 April 2008 Turkey / Germany:Panel debate about Turkish censorship Protest singer Ferhat Tunç performed with his Kurdish songs and discussed music censorship in Berlin, Germany On 4 April 2008, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung organised a panel discussion with the title ‘Freedom of words – Art of Freedom’ (‘Freiheit des Wortes – Kunst der Freiheit / […]
  • Beate Slydal: About the Turkish Penal Code Article 301

    BEATE SLYDAL(Norway) Political scientist Beate Slydal speaks about the infamous Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code. Beate Slydal works as a political advisor and lobbyist for Amnesty International Norway.  Wimpy Wasp Player Flash Player upgrade required Turkey’s Penal Code Article 301 says: “Those who (1) Public denigration of Turkishness, the Republic or the Grand […]
  • Turkey: Singer Ferhat Tunc’s next trial postponed

    NEWS 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. Possibly because the judge predicts that within this period the state could be changing that law according to which Ferhat Tunç is accused. In October 2007 singer Ferhat Tunç […]
  • Denmark: Exiled Kurdish singer awarded

    NEWS 05 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. Mizgin said she would be happy to receive the award “on behalf of the Kurdish musicians who have lost their lives in […]
  • Turkey: Radio station to court for playing a song

    NEWS 15 November 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. Based on the translation and report of the police department, the radio station’s former executive editor, Cemal Dogan, faces trial under Article […]
  • Turkey: Kurdish singer Ferhat Tunc threatened in the virtual world

    NEWS Turkey:Singer Ferhat Tunç threatened in the virtual world Kurdish singer Ferhat Tunç was acquitted in a trial in Izmir in October 2007, but he says that he has never before felt as unsafe in Turkey as he does now. Death threats against him are published on the internet, and on 13 December he must […]
  • Ferhat Tunc campaign 2007

    DROP THE CASEAGAINST FERHAT TUNÇ 02 October 2007 The case of Ferhat Tunç Musician on trial for remarks on Kurdish issue Turkish-Kurdish singer Ferhat Tunç is known for his critical remarks about the Kurdish issue in Turkey. On 4 October 2007 he faces yet another trial because of a remark he said during a concert […]
  • Turkey: Singer Ferhat Tunc acquitted

    NEWS 04 October 2007 Turkey:Singer Ferhat Tunç acquitted The Turkish-Kurdish singer Ferhat Tunç could leave Izmir High Criminal Court as a free man on 4 October 2007. The Freemuse delegation succeeded its mission When the court stated that there was nothing criminal in what Ferhat Tunç had said, his large group of supporters attending the […]
  • Turkey: EU Commission to observe Tunc

    NEWS Turkey:EU Commission to observe Tunç Trial The case against Ferhat Tunç has taken an international political direction. Senior Political Advisor Ms Selma Kiliçer from the EU Commission office in Ankara will observe the trial and thus join EU Parliamentarian Mr Jens Peter Bonde and the Freemuse delegation. The court case and the presence of […]
  • Freemuse Press Statement: Drop the cases against Ferhat Tunc

    CAMPAIGNS 01 October 2007 Freemuse Press Statement:Drop the cases against Ferhat Tunç This stamement has been sent by e-mail to more than 300 selected media houses and journalists. Freemuse, The World Forum on Music & Censorship, regret that Turkey continues censoring and prosecuting its artists and intellectuals during a time when Turkey’s Human Rights and […]
  • Turkey: Delegation in support of Ferhat Tunc

    NEWS 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. When Turkish singer Ferhat Tunç enters the Izmir 10th High Criminal Court in Izmir on 4 October, the court […]
  • Press release: EU-MP joins Freemuse at Tunc court case in Izmir

    PRESS RELEASE Leading member of the European Parliament joins Freemuse at Ferhat Tunç court case in Izmir next week [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] When Turkish singer Ferhat Tunç enters the Izmir 10th High Criminal Court on […]
  • Turkey: A personal letter from musician Ferhat Tunc

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  • 3rd Freemuse World Conference – report

    FREEMUSE REPORT 20 August 2007 Marie Korpe (ed.)MUSIC WILL NOT BE SILENCED – 3rd Freemuse World Conference on Music & Censorship, Istanbul 25-26. November 2006Report no. 8Freemuse, Copenhagen, 2007ISSN: 1601-2127.   75 pages. Read the reportThe printed version of the report is unfortunately out of stock. MUSIC WILL NOT BE SILENCED INTRODUCTIONBy Ole Reitov Listening to many […]
  • Turkey: Ferhat Tunc: “I will continue my struggle”

    ARTIST STATEMENT Turkey:Ferhat Tunç: “I will continue my struggle” Despite death threats and continuous court cases, Kurdish-Turkish singer and writer Ferhat Tunç continues to critise the Turkish court system and the government. In this statement of his, Tunç says: “I am not an artist who sings poppy songs… and I will cry out the reality of this […]
  • Turkey: Deceased Kurdish singer Ahmet Kaya still controversial

    NEWS Turkey:Deceased Kurdish singer is still controversial Turkish artist Ahmet Kaya (1957–2000) remains controversial seven years after his death. On 4 June 2007 three people in Adapazarı were attacked for wearing a T-shirt with the printing of ‘Ahmet Kaya’ The argument developed into a lynch attempt, reported the Turkish human rights organisation Freedom of Expression […]
  • Turkey: Two musicians sentenced to 10 months in prison

    NEWS Turkey: Another legal action against singer Pınar Aydınlar The following was published by Antenna-TR in its Freedom of Expression Weekly Bulletin Issue 19/2012 on 11 May 2012:A lawsuit was filed against folk singer Pınar Aydınlar (also known as Pinar Sağ) and the Group Munzur members Özlem Gerçek and Erkan Duman demanding between one and […]
  • Turkey: Kurdish singer on trial for praising rebel leader

    NEWS Turkey:Kurdish singer on trial for praising rebel leader On 22 May 2007 a prosecutor demanded that the Kurdish singer Xemgin Birhat be sentenced to five years in prison for performing a song that praises imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan Xemgin Birhat (real name: Zülfü Kızıldemir) was detained in March 2007 after performing his […]
  • Selda Bagcan: speech – November 2006

    SELDA BAĞCAN(Turkey) Selda Bağcan has sold albums counted in millions, and she has been accused with sentences that accumulate to over 500 years of imprisonment if they were carried out. In this testimony she speaks about her personal experiences of music censorship in Turkey. See translation below.  Wimpy Wasp Player Flash Player upgrade required Selda […]
  • Turkey: Two musicians sentenced to 10 months in prison

    NEWS Turkey: Another legal action against singer Pınar Aydınlar The following was published by Antenna-TR in its Freedom of Expression Weekly Bulletin Issue 19/2012 on 11 May 2012:A lawsuit was filed against folk singer Pınar Aydınlar (also known as Pinar Sağ) and the Group Munzur members Özlem Gerçek and Erkan Duman demanding between one and […]
  • Iran: ‘Half Moon’ – film about women’s right to sing

    FILMS Iran:Film about women’s right to sing ‘Half Moon’ is a feature film which talks of women’s right to perform in public, and to participate in the artistic development of a land They jump into an orange mini bus and begin the search for a female singer who will join their company – which is […]
  • Turkey: Singer Ferhat Tunc informed about death threat with two months delay

    NEWS 10 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 Osman Baydemir, Metin Tekçe and Ferhat Tunç. Secure them if you can,” read an e-mail which was delivered to the Turkish Police on 24 January 2007, right […]
  • Turkey: Punk band faces jail over ‘offensive’ song

    NEWS 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 the song ‘ÖSYM’ Deli’s song ‘ÖSYM’ features a chorus of the words “ÖSYM, kiss my arse”. […]
  • Declaration demanding abolishment of Turkey’s Article 301

    CAMPAIGNS Joint action:Declaration demanding abolishment of Article 301 of Turkish Penal Code 29 non-governmental organisations have released a joint declaration demanding a total abolishment of Article 301 of Turkish Penal Code and other articles violating freedom of expression. The following is the joint action statement signed by 21 members of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) […]
  • Grup Yorum

    GRUP YORUM (Turkey) Ali Aracı, Öznur Turan and Cihan Keşkek are members of the politically active Turkish folk music band Grup Yorum. In this 12-minutes interview they talk about their personal experiences of music censorship in Turkey. See also transcription below.  Wimpy Wasp Player Flash Player upgrade required Speaking on behalf of Grup Yorum, Cihan […]
  • Video interviews from the 3rd Freemuse World Conference

    | Start page | Media coverage | Speakers | Programme | Photos |  3rd FREEMUSE WORLD CONFERENCE ON MUSIC AND CENSORSHIP VIDEO INTERVIEWSfrom the conference in Istanbul, 25-26 November 2006 Fadal Dey – singer from Côte d’Ivoire Grup Yorum – music group from Turkey Jason Carter – British guitarist about Saudi Arabia Jeroen de Kloet – Dutch researcher about China Mario Masvidal – professor from […]
  • Ferhat Tunc

    FERHAT TUNÇSinger and composer (Turkey) “In total, if you add all the court cases against me, that will add up to 10 and a half years imprisonment – if they all come to pass. But in spite of all this censorship, we continue to sing, we continue to express our thoughts and views…” Ferhat Tunç […]
  • 3rd Freemuse World Conference on Music and Censorship

    | Media coverage | Speakers | Programme | Photos | Video interviews |  3rd FREEMUSE WORLD CONFERENCEON MUSIC AND CENSORSHIP 25-26 November 2006 in Istanbul, Turkey Professional musicians, scholars, and composers from 22 countries met at the 3rd Freemuse World Conference. Over two intensive days, they documented how music censorship is being implemented in countries all […]
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