UPDATE: Video footage surfaced in November 2017 that allegedly appears to show Syrian filmmaker Muhammad Bayazid discussing a faked assassination attempt to draw attention and potential financial support for his film “The Tunnel”, according to The Guardian, BBC and The New Arab. The filmmaker and his wife deny the allegations.
Syrian filmmaker Muhammad Bayazid claimed he was stabbed on 10 October 2017 in Istanbul, Turkey, just after releasing the trailer of his movie “The Tunnel” in which he depicts the “brutality of the Assad regime”, reported Sasapost.
The filmmaker’s wife, Samah Safi Bayazid told The Guardian she believed the attack was an assassination attempt.
Photographer and filmmaker friend Salama Abdo said in a statement that someone contacted the filmmaker to set up a meeting in the evening to discuss fundraising for his upcoming film. When he arrived at the meeting point, a young man got out of a car and stabbed him in the chest, reported Orient-News.
A few hours before the attack, Bayazid was giving a lecture on “The Art of Filmmaking” at Marmara University, where he presented the trailer of his new film “The Tunnel”, which tells the story of a prisoner who spent 20 years in Tadmur political prison, where thousands of Islamists and Assad opposition activists allegedly languished or were killed over the last 30 years, reported Al Arabiya.
The attack on Bayazid is yet another instance of attacks and killings of Syrian activists and dissidents in Turkey. Most recently, in September 2017, prominent opposition activist Orouba Barakat and her journalist daughter Halla were found dead in their Istanbul flat, reported Erem News and BBC.
This article, earlier titled Turkey: Syrian filmmaker stabbed, was originally published on 31 October 2017 and updated on 25 January 2018