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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: Protests against proposed arts council

15 May 2014

Turkish artists and arts organisations fear that a new draft bill prepared by the Erdoğan government will serve as a tool for the government to crack down on free expression of artistic work, creativity and cultural themes The bill is seen as a tool to give the government the absolute …

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Turkey: Artistic freedom of expression under threat

7 May 2014

A piece of art was censored in November 2013 during the exhibition titled ‘Will There Be An Intervention?’ at the 23rd Istanbul Art Fair. The exhibit was primarily focused on works of art inspired by the Gezi Park protests, and it included many secular-minded domestic and foreign artists. The censored …

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Turkey: World writers call on Turkey to respect freedom of expression

1 April 2014

Leading writers from Turkey and around the world have joined PEN, the international association of writers, to call on the Turkish authorities to respect freedom of expression as a universal and fundamental human right, and to create an environment in which all citizens are able to express themselves freely without …

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Turkey: ‘Nymphomaniac’ movie by Von Trier banned

26 March 2014

Turkey has banned the Danish director’s latest film from screening in its theatres, saying the film can be classified as pornography due to its graphic content. Actor Christian Slater is baffled by Turkey’s ban on his new movie “Nymphomaniac,” but insists his own daughter will never see the controversial Lars …

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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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UK: Four artists shortlisted for Freedom of Expression Awards 2014

18 March 2014

British theatre producer David Cecil, Lebanese playwright Lucien Bourjeily, Egyptian rapper Mayam Mahmoud and the Turkish writer Arikan are shortlisted for the Index Awards 2014, which during 14 years have honoured some of the most remarkable fighters for free expression from around the world. The award show takes place in …

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