Çayan Demirel

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Appeals court upholds 25-month sentences for 2 Turkish documentary filmmakers

Istanbul, May 3, 2024—Turkish authorities should stop fighting the appeals of documentary filmmakers Ertuğrul Mavioğlu and Çayan Demirel and allow all journalists to work freely without fear of retaliation, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday. On April 26 in the southeastern city of Batman, an appeals court upheld a 25-month sentence for Mavioğlu and…

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People exit from the international arrivals terminal at the new Istanbul Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, on July 16, 2019. Two documentary filmmakers were sentenced to four and a half years in prison on July 18. (Reuters/Marius Bosch)

Turkish court sentences documentary filmmakers to 4 and a half years

Istanbul, July 19, 2019–Documentary filmmakers Ertuğrul Mavioğlu and Çayan Demirel, directors of the 2015 documentary movie “Bakur” (“North”), about the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), were sentenced to four years and six months in prison yesterday for “making propaganda for a [terrorist] organization” by a court in the southeastern city of Batman, according to news…

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