In Berlin, Turkish Newsman and Pussy Riot Risk It All for Freedom of Speech

Dictators crush dissent and honest reporting with the gun, the sword, the noose and the bone saw.

"A couple of weeks ago, shortly before the beginning of the 4th World Conference of Screenwriters in Berlin, several of us involved in its organizing were told that toward the end of the second and final day there would be a lot of additional security.

And so there was. Suddenly, at the appointed hour, several unfamiliar faces arrived, casually dressed but strategically placed around the auditorium and clearly ready to take action if anything bad seemed about to happen.

They were there to protect the Turkish journalist Can Dündar. For the last year and a half he has been hiding in exile in Berlin – a Salman Rushdie without the fatwa, but nonetheless in danger. A noted author, screenwriter and TV personality as well as a newsman, he was arrested by the Erdogan government in November 2015 on terrorism and espionage charges, but freed pending trial after 92 days in prison...."

Read the whole article at Common Dreams

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