Seeking Justice for
Selahattin Demirtaş“The narrow narrative volume of Demirtaş has it all. There are moments when the breath falters while reading. For example, in a story about the holiday mood of a harmonious family and the infatuation of a young woman, the idyll tips over and rape and murder put the finishing touches.”
From the book review of Focus.de about "Morgengrauen" by Selahattin Demirtaş
Seeking Justice for
Osman Kavala"Writing about some people, you think, is easy. You think it is easy to write about what is good, about what is beautiful. In fact, that is not the case. Especially if he is a person who is completely distinguished by being good and beautiful."
Nurcan Kaya, on the occasion of Osman Kavala’s birthday on October 2 nd , 2019
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Freedom of Press in Turkey
Although the Republic of Turkey has always oppressed freedom of speech and there is a long history of imprisoning writers and academics, the AKP government, especially during the last few years, has been imprisoning more journalists, intellectuals and artists than any government before, making Turkey the country with most writers behind bars worldwide. At the same time the AKP has amassed an enormous concentration of media power, with over 80% of Turkish television and radio broadcasts as well as newspapers being pro-government. Some of the biggest and oldest media companies were purposefully bought by businessmen close to the government or were forced to let off journalists publishing articles critical of government policies. Other media houses were shut down in the context of “anti-terror” campaigns resulting in a highly conformist media scene. Apart from sections of the population deliberately following oppositional media, the vast majority of the Turkish public does not get to see TV-channels and newspapers other than those in accordance with government politics. In general all newspapers for sale at newsagents and in shops are published with exactly identical headlines, quoting statements by president Erdoğan.