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Turkey: Kurdish singer and musician Rojda arrested

24 February 2010

  Kurdish artist Rojda was arrested for ‘propaganda for an illegal organisation’ because of singing a Kurdish song entitled ‘Heval Kamuran’. Rojda was released within a couple of hours after her statement had been taken, reported Antenna.tr and Supportkurds.org According to Antenna.tr, Rojda was arrested at her home in the …

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

17 February 2010

  Tunceli Prosecution Office has filed a case against folk singer Pınar Sağ and poet Mehmet Özcan charging them with two years prison sentences for “praising crime”. Prosecutor Halil Gümüş’s indictment states that Pınar Sağ sang a song at an open air meeting on 29 March 2009 and addressed the …

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Turkey: Ferhat Tunc sang at large rally for Alevi rights

9 November 2009

Singer Ferhat Tunç, currently faced with several trials of freedom of speech in Turkey, was one of the artists who performed in Istanbul on 8 November 2009 in front of 200,000 people protesting for the rights of the Alevi, a religious minority in Turkey.   According to Bionet.org several speakers …

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Turkey: American music video banned for ‘explicit sexual content’

14 September 2009

American pop stars Justin Timberlake and Ciara’s music video for the song ‘Love Sex Magic’ was banned in Turkey due to its explicit sexual content.   Turkey’s Radio and Television Supreme Council banned all tv channels from showing the video. The video shows Ciara licking Timberlake’s ear as both hitmakers …

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Turkey: Artists make joint statement and petition against oppression

1 September 2009

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 Center 1 March 2012, Thursday The Artists Initiative expressed deep concern about …

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Ferhat Tunc

19 August 2009

  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 …

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Ferhat Tunc

19 August 2009

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   The Kurdish-Turkish singer Ferhat Tunç was born in 1964 in Turkey’s most eastern region, Dersim. His music has been censored in Turkey, and he …

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Turkey: Singer Ferhat Tunc in his seventh court case

14 July 2009

Police brutality against the Kurdish-Turkish singer Ferhat Tunç lead to a court case — not against the police, but against the singer. By Anja Hotopp, reporting from Berlin Prison threat 4-12 years. Under this headline news agencies in Turkey report of a new scandal in the Turkish justice sector. A …

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Turkey: Yet another Kurdish song cleared in court

29 April 2009

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 Arslan, editor of …

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