Saturday, February 04, 2006

Ferhat Tunc meets Danish MP's

Ferhat Tunc met leading parliamentarians and high level representatives from Amnesty, Pen and Danish Arts organizations during a hectic two day stay in Copenhagen.

The stay culminated with a public meeting held on the premises of the Danish Parliament in Copenhagen. The meeting was covered by Turkish and Danish media.

Ms. Lone Dybkjær, Member of the European Parliament, Ms. Anne Grete Holmsgaard, MP and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, MP, discussed issues of freedom of expression and Turkish – EU relations with Ferhat Tunc.

Ferhat Tunc who is constantly harassed by court cases in Turkey discussed violations on freedom of expression in Turkey and the relations between the EU and Turkey in a meeting with three leading Danish Parliamentarians. The meeting was hosted by former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr.Mogens Lykketoft, MP.

Ferhat Tunc in another meeting discussed his cases with Mr. Lars Normann Jørgensen, Secretary General of Amnesty International Denmark. Amnesty is following the situation in Turkey closely.

At a lunch meeting with fellow composers from Denmark, Ferhat Tunc was invited to collaborate with Danish musicians. The meeting hosted by DJBFA – an association of professional songwriters and composers – concluded that DJBFA will pay attention to the violations on freedom of expression in Turkey through international bodies that DJBFA work with.

Ferhat Tunc was in Denmark on the invitation of Danish Pen and Freemuse. Last year Freemuse launched an international campaign in support for Ferhat Tunc. Freemuse also presented Ferhat Tunc two years back at the International World Music Expo, Womex.

Pia Raug and Arne Würgler from DJBFA invited Ferhat Tunc to collaborate with Danish musicians.

Amnesty International follows the situation in Turkey. Ferhat with Secr. General, Mr. Lars Normann Jørgensen, Amnesty International, Denmark

Visiting Freemuse Ferhat Tunc once again expressed his gratitude to his international colleagues for their support. A hectic stay in Denmark was concluded by an interview at the Danish National Television (DR) in the late evening news program Deadline. Tunc told Danish viewers about his songs that have been banned by authorities in Turkey and about the repression of Kurdish culture.

Source : Freemuse

Freedom of Musical Expression


Ferhat Tunç in his visit to Denmark said :" The approach of the state concening kurdish and kurds is not just containement and restrictions inside the country, they want to destroy values which kurds have created via international campaigns, a clear exmple is the case of ROJ TV that you are familiar with that. The kurds who do not speak any other language ,but kurdish, the pro government kurds and kurds who are opposing government policies , they all watch this channel; Now the state is not satisfied with its restrictive measures inside country , it trys to win over the blessings of USA and EU for pressurising Denmark for closing down ROJ TV . I hope ROJ TV as a voice of a great section of Peoples of Anatolia could continue its programming , I wish Danish government takes into acount the legitimate sensitivities of the people and do not become an instrument for those circles who want to eradicate kurdish culture".