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What Drove Violations

8 February 2017

ART UNDER THREAT IN 2016: WHAT DROVE VIOLATIONS The following section of the Art under Threat in 2016 report explores the issues and tendencies that drove governments and other groups to limit artistic expression. TABLE OF CONTENTS * Click on the following titles to be taken to that part of …

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Turkey

8 February 2017

ART UNDER THREAT IN 2016: TURKEY SERIOUS VIOLATIONS: 23 ACTS OF CENSORSHIP: 13 2016 was a year when the situation for freedom of expression in Turkey went from bad to worse. The attempted coup against President Erdoğan on 15 July 2016 and the following State of Emergency led to a …

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Turkey: The Freemuse Files on Censorship of the Arts

15 December 2016

‘Turkey – The Freemuse Files’ is the first in a series of Freemuse compilations aimed at providing an overview of artistic freedom by country or topic.

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 …

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Turkey: The coup still continues for the art scene

14 September 2016

The state of emergency following the failed coup in Turkey on July 15, 2016 resulted in increased pressure against artists. The already-ongoing attack against freedom of art has accelerated after the coup attempt. Artists are trying to keep their heads up under the pressure, while the government is planting the …

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Turkey: Singer’s concerts cancelled due to coup-related remarks

16 August 2016

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 …

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Turkey: Music fans attacked at Radiohead store event

22 June 2016

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 …

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Turkey: “Music that sexually turns on people is a sin”

17 May 2016

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 …

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Turkey: Arbitrary religious repression of rock music

10 May 2016

  On 15 February 2016, The Turkish Directorate of Religious Affairs issued a fatwa – a religious ban – on ‘sexual music’. Now the big question appears to be who has the authority to decide whether rock music is “arouses sexual desires” or not? The annual calender published by Turkish Directorate …

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Turkey: Baby donkeys, insults and presidents

20 April 2016

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 …

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Turkey: ‘Rocking imam’ blocked from singing in Portugal

15 March 2016

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 …

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Turkey: Children’s play banned due to “inappropriate” song

22 January 2016

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 …

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Turkey: Blasphemy ruling reversed for pianist Say

12 November 2015

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 – …

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Turkey: Election board bans AK Party campaign song

16 October 2015

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 …

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Turkey: Iconic folk singer reflects on art and politics

25 August 2015

“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 …

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Turkey: The disconnect between what is said and what is done

9 July 2015

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 …

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Turkey: Court reverses Governor’s ban on concert in Istanbul

30 June 2015

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 …

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Turkey: 19-year-old singer attacked after threats

19 May 2015

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 …

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Turkey: 10 months imprisonment for dancing to Kurdish songs

5 May 2015

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 …

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Turkey: Music video under criminal investigation

5 May 2015

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. …

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Turkey: Young Kurdish singer imprisoned

3 May 2015

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 …

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Turkey: Kurdish singer detained in airport, later released

19 March 2015

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 …

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Turkey: Government reported to the UN Council on Human Rights

27 January 2015

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, …

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Turkey: Charges against musician of insult to prime minister

21 January 2015

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. …

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Freemuse co-hosts UN Universal Periodic Review session on Turkey

20 January 2015

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 …

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Turkey: Pianist tells government not to fear artists

23 October 2014

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 …

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Turkey abuse laws to punish artists challenging authorities

20 June 2014

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 …

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Turkey abuse laws to punish artists challenging authorities

20 June 2014

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.

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Turkey: Imam given go ahead to make rock‘n’roll

12 June 2014

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 …

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Turkey: Report about freedom of expression violations

20 March 2014

In the aftermath of a brutal government crackdown on dissent during the Gezi Park protests, PEN has prepared a report highlighting some of the issues raised by the nationwide protest movement ‘The Gezi Park Protests: the impact on freedom of expression in Turkey’ is a joint report published by English …

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Turkey: Musicians of Grup Yorum plan hunger strike

17 February 2014

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 …

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Turkey: Ferhat Tunc joins Freemuse at conference in Sweden

10 February 2014

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 …

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Turkey: ‘Rock‘n’roll Imam’ under investigation

10 January 2014

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 …

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Turkey: Ferhat Tunc concert interrupted by protesters and power cut

18 September 2013

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 …

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Turkey: Imam who is also a musician receives threats

3 September 2013

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 …

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Turkey: Persecuted folk band Grup Yorum in centre of attention

24 June 2013

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”. …

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Turkey: Pianist Fazil Say sentenced for Twitter posts

16 April 2013

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 …

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Turkey: Imprisoned Grup Yorum member silenced in court

4 March 2013

“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, the Freedom of Expression Weekly Bulletin on …

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Turkey: Pianist Fazıl Say in court for the second time

14 February 2013

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 insulting religious values, with a possible 18-month prison prison …

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Turkey: Five members of Grup Yorum detained

19 January 2013

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 Germany. Cihan Keskek …

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Turkey: Ferhat Tunc’s prison sentence turned into speaking ban

20 December 2012

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 been turned into a three year ban on …

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Turkey: Authorities’ persecution of Kurdish artists continues

11 December 2012

  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 the accusations …

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Turkey: ‘Silencing Music in Turkey 2012’ – an 18-pages leaflet

31 October 2012

  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 expression which was held in …

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Silencing Music in Turkey – a briefing on the past 12 months

31 October 2012

Silencing Music in Turkey 2012: 18-pages PDF document This leaflet with updates on violations of musical expression in Turkey in the past 12 months was published in October 2012 by the Initiative for Freedom of Expression in Istanbul, Turkey, and distributed at the first World Conference on Artistic Freedom of …

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Turkey: Grup Yorum members allegedly tortured in custody

27 September 2012

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 participated in protests in …

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Turkey: Ferhat Tunc sentenced to two years in prison

27 June 2012

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, reported BIA News Center on 27 June 2012. …

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Turkey: Acclaimed pianist charged for blasphemy

13 June 2012

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 a classical musician who declares …

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Turkey: 17-year-old charged for exchanging Kurdish songs on Facebook

23 May 2012

  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 only by his …

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Turkey: Students charged for singing Grup Yorum song

18 May 2012

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 13 March 2011, the medical student Zülküf …

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Turkey: Another legal action against singer Pınar Aydınlar

16 May 2012

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 five years of …

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Turkey: Grup Yorum member still in detention

10 April 2012

    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 …

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Turkey: Attack on Grup Yorum member in prison

2 April 2012

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 hours in Tekirdağ …

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Turkey: Prisoners punished again for singing Kurdish songs

13 March 2012

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 Ermiş were expected to be released from …

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Turkey: Musician of Grup Yorum detained

14 February 2012

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 detention for six weeks. …

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Turkey: Killed for requesting a Kurdish song

3 January 2012

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 in Turkey. News sources reported …

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Turkey: Ferhat Tunç in court once again

15 December 2011

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 winner, Ferhat Tunç, has a long history …

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Turkey: Fuat Talay

21 November 2011

Fuat Talay comments on music censorship in Turkey. Recorded on 21 November 2011.   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 …

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Turkey: Campaign for Kurdish singer and activist Gazin (Raziye Kızıl)

26 October 2011

“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 Kurdish songs and …

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Turkey: Acquitted from 12 years’ prison charge for political music album

25 October 2011

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 conscientious objectors; his dissident song ‘Korku’ …

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Turkey: 10 months in prison for chanting slogans at a concert

18 October 2011

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 on 12 October 2011. Mesut Geyik, Emrah Sarıtaş, and Sinan …

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Turkey: One year in prison for singing two Kurdish folk songs

18 October 2011

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 on 11 October 2011. On 7 February …

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Turkey: Convicted for having lyrics by Grup Yorum on computer

5 October 2011

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 filed against Berivan Doğan in 2006. She is a …

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Turkey: Prisoners punished with visitor-ban for singing a folk song

12 September 2011

  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 prison, accused of being members …

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Turkey: Kurdish singer’s concert cut short by protesters

27 July 2011

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 Topuzlu open air amphi-theatre where she was …

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Turkey: Trial against the Kurdish singer Yılmaz D

22 July 2011

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 in Diyarbakır for a group of people …

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Turkey: Prisoners punished for singing political slogans

29 June 2011

  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 from receiving …

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Danmark / Tyrkiet: Savage Rose-forsanger skriver st

17 May 2011

“Jeg er rystet over, hvad der sker i Tyrkiet. Jeg ser mine venner og musikvenner blive anholdt i en verden, hvor musikken skulle spille og sangene flyve.” Artikler Nûdem.dk – 16 May 2011: ‘Savage Rose har skrevet et brev til N  

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Turkey: Singer and politician Ferhat Tunc receives violence threats

11 May 2011

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 long conflict in the region. The Kurdish singer Ferhat …

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Turkey: Three members of Grup Yorum taken into custody

11 May 2011

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 in the outlawed Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front, …

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Turkey: New court case against Ferhat Tunc

30 March 2011

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 to intimidate and silence him. Ferhat …

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Danmark / Tyrkiet: Savage Rose-forsanger skriver st

17 March 2011

“Jeg er rystet over, hvad der sker i Tyrkiet. Jeg ser mine venner og musikvenner blive anholdt i en verden, hvor musikken skulle spille og sangene flyve.”   Artikler Nûdem.dk – 16 May 2011: ‘Savage Rose har skrevet et brev til N  

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Music Freedom Day: Meanwhile in Turkey, musicians are persecuted

3 March 2011

“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 to the Music Freedom Day initiative on 3 …

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Turkey: Song lyrics prompt legal action against university students

2 February 2011

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 entitled “The Tayyip Blues”. The …

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Turkey: Ferhat Tunc receives 25 days prison sentence

27 January 2011

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 for the [illegal] Maoist Communist Party” (MKP) on the grounds …

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Turkey: Supreme Court re-opens case against Ferhat Tunc

4 January 2011

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 High Criminal Court’s verdict for the acquittal of the charges …

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Turkey: Ferhat Tunc on trial again

31 December 2010

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 Rights organisation …

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Turkey: Ferhat Tunc acquitted and immediately charged again

5 November 2010

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 Freemuse writes: “Such is my life! Tomorrow I will …

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Turkey: Ferhat Tunc acquitted

4 November 2010

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 …

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Turkey: Musician faces four years imprisonment

20 September 2010

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 reported in an article by …

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Turkey: Court case against two teenagers for singing Kurdish song

6 September 2010

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 County organisation, reported the Turkish organisation Antenna. The …

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Turkey: Date of next hearing set in Ferhat Tunc’s case

4 August 2010

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 will proceed the case against Ferhat Tunç on 30 September. …

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