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

Turkey on the Edge

Language: Engels

WHEN & WHERE?

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 15:00
Zaal 3, Filmhuis Den Haag

Journalist Erdal Balci talks with activist and journalist Fatih Polat and director Imre Azem democracy, freedom of press and polarization in Turkey.

After the film screening journalist Erdal Balci talks to fellow journalist and activist Fatih Polat, editor-in-chief of daily newspaper Evrensel and director Imre Azem about the process of making this film, free of press in Turkey as well as its polarized society. Although dozens of newspapers and magazines were closed down in the last two years, Evrensel still operates. Journalists, academics and others face increasing danger as they are targeted by the Erdogan regime. For Polat’s socialist daily newspaper Evrensel, it becomes increasingly hard to operate.

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.