Heavy sentence for singing in Kurdish

4 June 2002

Heavy sentence for singing in Kurdish The National Security Court (DGM) of Istanbul has given between 3-9 years prison sentence to the band Koma Denge Asiti for performing in Kurdish. The band had been charged with “aiding and abetting the PKK”. While Kurds are being prosecuted for petitioning for the …

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Turkey: New media law heavily criticised

16 May 2002

Article from Los Angeles Times  The Turkish parliament approved a controversial bill Wednesday that critics charge will further curtail press freedoms, strengthen media monopolies and weaken the country’s bid to join the European Union. Under the new law, Turkey’s media barons will no longer be barred from bidding for government …

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Local TV censored

29 March 2002

Local TV taken off air for playing 200-year-old Kurdish song From AFP (Associated French Press) A 200-year-old Kurdish song caused the closure last week of a television station operating in southeastern Turkey, home to the country’s Kurdish population. Gun-TV was taken off air on Friday for one month after broadcasting …

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Ismail Turut facing trail

22 February 2001

Ismail Türüt facing trial Ismail Türüt, Turkish folk singer, is accused of “praising an act which is considered a crime” in a song that he had prepared for performance during the election campaign of Sevki Yilmaz, an MP linked to the now banned Welfare Party. The offending phrase is “Hodja …

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Appeal from Intl. PEN: Kurdish performers banned

1 February 2001

Kurdish performers banned Appeal from International PEN The international arts community is concerned by a disturbing number of cases involving the banning of songs and plays performed in the Kurdish language in Turkey. Despite various declarations of human rights and international legal protections, which recognise the centrality of language in …

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Kurdish songs banned

10 January 2001

Kurdish songs banned Koma Gula Xerzan music group’s series of songs in Kurdish: In mid-December 2000 police raided an event organised by the Malatya Youth Branch of the People’s Democracy Party (HADEP), pulling plugs out of microphones. When attendees protested, the Malatya Security Director entered the hall and informed them …

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1900-1949 Middle East, North Africa

1 January 2001

100s. Israel / Palestine Instruments were essentially banished from the synagogue after the destruction of the Second Temple, a ban which served as both a sign of national mourning and a bid to dissuade Jews from listening to secular music.The ban largely remained in place for another 1,500 years or …

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1950-2000 Europe, Russia

1 January 2001

1967. United Kingdom. Scott Walker Scott Walker’s cover of Jacques Brel’s song ‘Jacky’ is the first record to be banned by BBC Radio 1. 1967. Greece. Mikis Theodorakis The 1967 military coup in Greece led to the imprisonment and torture of internationally known singer Mikis Theodorakis. Eventually he was released …

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Turkey: Ferhat Tunc

2 June 2000

The Kurdish-Turkish singer Ferhat Tunç was born in 1964 in Turkey’s most eastern region, Dersim. His songs in Kurdish language have been censored in Turkey, and he has been taken to court numerous times, which is documented in the more than 65 news stories and interviews listed below:   Turkey: …

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2 January 2000

Meet the banned! Freemuse conference session on music censorship in Turkey, with Şanar Yurdatapan, Turkey (artist, human rights activist) and Ferhat Tun

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