Dec 22 2018

Turkish news agency shares footage from 2015 documentary as flash news

Turkish Demirören News Agency (DHA) on Friday used some footage from a 2015 documentary for a video report, which it said for the first time showed terrorists hiding in some caves in the eastern province of Tunceli, Duvar news site reported. 

“The images of terrorists hiding in caves revealed,” was the headline of DHA’s report that was widely shared by Turkish media outlets.

“Images of the terrorist group previously taken in the same cave where two terrorists were recently neutralised is revealed. In the video, two terrorists are seen walking with flashlights,” the agency said. 

However, the video was in fact taken from a 2015 documentary named “Bakur”, directed by Çayan Demirel and Ertuğrul Mavioğlu, which reflected on decades long conflict between the Turkish state and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

The film followed the lives of the PKK members in three different camps on the southeast and east of Turkey. 

The documentary was scheduled to premiere at the 34th Istanbul Film Festival in 2015, but the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts cancelled the screening. 

A Turkish court in the southeastern province of Batman opened in 2017 a case file against two directors over terrorism charges.

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