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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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China: Banned Tibetan singer disappears

30 September 2010

Chinese authorities are looking for Pasang, a popular Tibetan singer, who has gone into hiding after his debut album was banned and confiscated, reported Radio Free Asia on 24 September 2010. “The authorities blamed him for singing and recording politically sensitive themes in his songs. They ordered the confiscation of …

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China: Music film about cultural exploitation and resistance

24 September 2010

The film ‘Tibet in Song’ shows Chinese officials and troops persecuting anyone performing Tibetan folk music. It is directed by musicologist and former Tibetan political prisoner, Ngawang Choephel, and has been described as “a story of beauty, pain, brutality and resilience”. ‘Tibet in Song’ is a tale of cultural exploitation …

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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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Freemuse appeals to Turkish Prime Minister: Dismiss Ferhat Tunc

24 June 2010

Artists, human rights activists and scholars join Freemuse in an appeal to the Turkish government for the dismissal of the latest court case against Freemuse Award winner, Ferhat Tunç. Jens Peter Bonde, a former senior member of the European Parliament, Lebanon’s oud maestro Marcel Khalife, and Pakistan’s world renowned rock …

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