Turkish Filmmaker Oktay Ince: "I Want My Archive Back" And He`s Not Alone

Turkish Filmmaker Oktay Ince: "I Want My Archive Back" And He`s Not Alone

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Turkish filmmaker and activist Oktay Ince was detained (and released after a few hours) in Ankara on Thursday, May 30, after he shackled himself to a pole outside the offices of the Ministry of Culture’s General Film Directorate, fighting to retrieve an archive worth 20 years of his work. (Hyperallergic June 3, 2019) The arrest was the latest in the Turkish government’s crackdown on dissident activities.

On  October 16, 2018 the Turkish police had raided the house of the film maker and video activist and seized his comprehensive digital archive: 18 hard disks, 41 DVDs and his smartphone, which he used for live broadcasting against human rights abuse in Turkey. The archive included of documentaries, activist videos, art works, texts and private pictures of Oktays Inces family.

The seizure is an attack on the freedom of speech. It aims to shut down the voice of journalists and video-activists, who amplify the voice of the suppressed and those who resist.

The film archive is held police custody for 8 months now. Though Turkish police are authorized to make copies, they are not allowed to keep the originals of the archives. Oktay Ince has not received information about when his work will be returned, and a case accusing him of “promoting the propaganda of terrorist organizations” is pending against him.

He is not alone.

The film archives and equipments of the journalist and filmmakers Sibel Tekin, Sevgi Türkmen, Zeynep Kuray, Irfan Ozcelik, Veysi Altay, were seized recently.

This petition has been created by members of the Radical Film Network, an international network for progressive individuals and organisations involved in activist and experimental film. We urge you to sign this petition to free of the professional and personal film and video archive of Oktay Ince and the others, and to demonstrate solidarity in the face of such repression. An attack on one is an attack on all.

 

 

 

 

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