Kurdish singer sentenced to two years in prison
28 Jun 2012

Index award winning musician Ferhat Tunç has been sentenced to two years in prison by a court in the Turkish province of Malatya. The Kurdish singer was charged with “spreading propaganda” for a terrorist group under the country’s anti-terrorism laws for referring to three deceased Turkish leftists during a May 2011 concert. Despite intimidation throughout much of his three decades long career, Tunç has continued to sing in the minority languages of Zaza (Dimli) and Kurmanci (Kurdish), and won an award from Index in 2010 for his commitment to campaigning for free speech in Turkey.

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