"> Name: Turkey, books about Kurdish leader banned and confiscated

Date:  1995 - 2005

Location:  Middle East and Caucasus

SubjectPolitical/Economic/Social Opinion


Artist: Mahmut Baksi, Abdullah Gunduz

Confronting Bodies: Istanbul State Security Court

Date of Action: September 2000

Specific Location: Istanbul, Turkey

Description of Artwork: The books "Rome Marches" and "Talks from Rome" offer speeches by former Kurdish movement (PKK) president Abdullah Ocalan.

Description of Incident: The two books were banned and confiscated less than a day after they went on sale. The publisher, Abdullah Gunduz of Aram Publishing House, has asserted that 20 of the last 24 books he has published have been confiscated.

Results of Incident: Ten hours after the books went on sale the Istanbul State Security Court ordered them banned and confiscated all copies.

Source: Index on Censorship, 6/2000

Submitted By: NCAC

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