Call for charges against musician Ferhat Tunç to be dropped

2 oktober, 2020|Call, English, Internationaal, Nieuws|

(bron: Freemuse) Ferhat Tunç, a popular Kurdish folk musician, is on trial in Turkey simply for sharing messages on social media and an album cover. Ferhat is charged with spreading “propaganda of a terrorist organisation”, “insulting the President” and “publicly provoking hatred and hostility” in six cases for publishing songs online, an album cover, sharing news articles, tweeting personal opinions. Together, the charges amount to more than 20 years imprisonment. Ferhat’s case is a testament to Turkey’s sweeping anti-terrorism laws, which are criticised for the overly broad definition of what comprises an offence under this law. Ferhat faces ongoing targeting from the Government because of his music, which [...]