Turkey: the disturbing censorship of President Erdoğan

Turkey: the disturbing censorship of President Erdoğan

How to be an artist in a Turkey under a state of emergency? How far will censorship go in a cultural sector that has been stalled? France 2 went to meet those who are victims of the purge exercised by the regime in place. In a discreet venue, in Istanbul, is the studio of a very popular group for 30 years: Grup Yorum. This committed group close to the extreme left is a fierce opponent to President Erdo ğ year . Their concerts, mixing traditional music and protest songs, are jam-packed. Or rather were, before the arrest of his main singers. “Ten members of the group are in prison, arrest warrants have been issued against several others” says Meral Hir, backing band. For the Turkish power, these musicians, too revolutionary, are terrorists. Some members are on a list of people wanted by the police, as well as jihadists. Those who denounce them will be rewarded with 60,000 euros. The police regularly intervene in the group’s premises. Too much left for the Turkish government, the members of the group are in his viewfinder, just as much of the discordant voices. Since the attempted coup in July 2016, President Erdoğan has justified the arrests and infringements of freedom of expression in unambiguous terms. “We will tear the head of these traitors” he sings firmly. In the name of the state of emergency, the control of society is nested in the most innocent details in appearance. Like 200 other artists, Güney Marlen is censored by Turkish national radio for a phrase from a song about happiness: ” By singing, we pour wine on the table “. The government believes this is an apology for alcoholism. Artists are increasingly worried about the extent of this political or religious censorship. Comedians have recently demonstrated against the cancellation of several plays deemed too critical of the government. Among them, a children’s play censored for a passage against the war. In its latest report, the UN estimates that the state of emergency has led to “severe and arbitrary restriction of the rights of hundreds of thousands of people” in the country. The JT Other topics of the JT Read also Related topics

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