Novaya: Q&A with activist Ali Feruz and director Askold Kurov


Language: Engels

Bahram Sadeghi was born in Iran but lives and works in The Netherlands for many years now. Director Askold Kurov filmed for 1,5 years at the editorial office of Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, during this time Ali Feruz was arrested because of critical articles he wrote. Bahram Sadeghi speaks with them about what it means to work as a journalist in Russia and other post-Sovjet states and report on sensitive issues.

‘I’m free and I don’t have to be afraid anymore,’ says journalist and gay rights activist Ali Feruz. He had to flee Uzbekistan after he was arrested and tortured by security forces. In Russia he started working for independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta and was arrested again. These days Feruz curates Unit: a network which aims to increase the quality of reporting on marginalized people in the former Soviet Union. ‘We want to give a voice to those who aren’t heard, whose voice has been taken.’ Read more about Ali Feruz and watch a short clip.