Turkey on the Edge: Q&A with activist and journalist Fatih Polat and director Imre Azem

Turkey on the Edge

Language: Engels

Q&A with activist and journalist Fatih Polat and director Imre Azem about democratie and civil liberties in Turkey.

Q&A with activist and editor-in-chief of daily newspaper Evrensel Fatih Polat and director Imre Azem about the current situation in Turkey when it comes to freedom of press, expression and democracy. In Turkey, civil society and human rights are under great pressure following the failed coup attempt of July 2016. We talk about how they are able to operate under heavy oppression and which role activism plays in their daily lives. Although dozens of newspapers and magazines were closed down in the last two years, Evrensel still operates.

Polat has been targeted multiple times by the authorities for his journalistic work. In July 2017, for example, he was sued for ‘insulting the president’ over a column about alleged business dealings of the president’s family. ‘There are several threats, but it’s the result of making real journalism in Turkey. We will not get rid of the truth. Despite the threats I’m still making journalism and looking at the world laughing. That is important.’ Read more about Fatih Polat and watch a short clip.