Film-makers withdraw from Istanbul festival in censorship protest

Dozens of Turkish directors withdraw films after documentary Bakur is removed from programme

 

The cancelation of the screening of a film on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) caused most of the films at the Istanbul Film Festival to be withdrawn from the festival program
Istanbul Foundation for Culture and the Arts (IKSV) announced they were canceling the screening of A Guerilla Documentary Bakur/North after a warning from the Ministry of Culture. 22 films consequently withdrew from the film festival to protest what was widely viewed as censorship.
An investigation has been launched into students at a university in Turkey’s Aegean province of İzmir for inflating balloons, planting trees and dancing the halay, a traditional folk dance.
A Dutch journalist tried on a charge of disseminating “terrorist propaganda” was acquitted by a Turkish court on April 13
On Saturday, April 11th, the General Staff declared that in an armed conflict that broke out between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) prior to a tree-planting activity in Ağrı province’s Diyadin district, 5 members of the PKK had been killed, and one PKK member and four military personnel had been injured.
After Pope Francis deemed the 1915 events genocide, Ankara called in Vatican Ambassador Paçacı for consultation and reported “disappointment and sorrow”.
Unrest as Turkey begins Soma mine disaster trial

Dozens of managers and employees have gone on trial over Turkey’s worst mining disaster, which left 301 coalminers dead

Relatives of 301 miners killed in Turkey’s worst industrial disaster have disrupted the start of a trial of 45 company officials, forcing a delay to proceedings with demands for the main suspects to be brought to the dock.

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