Turkish authorities banned documentary screening, LGBTI workshop

Turkish authorities banned a documentary screening and an LGBTI workshop in a festival in the southeastern city of Tunceli, labelling the events as against public health and morals, news site T24 reported on Sunday.

Screening of a documentary about Saturday Mothers, a group of mothers and other family members of people forcibly disappeared in Turkey since the 1980 coup, and an LGBTI workshop in the Munzur Nature and Culture Festival which celebrates the culture and nature of the province were banned a day before both events, T24 said. 

A written statement to the organisers, signed a day before by the Tunceli governor's office, said forbidding public meetings, walks, panels or documentaries about Saturday Mothers would be suitable, according to T24.

Meanwhile, parade organised by Istanbul’s LGBTI community has been forbidden since the authorities banned the event in 2014.

The festival has been celebrated for the 19th time on July 25-28, attracting tens of thousands of visitors from the area and abroad, including members of Kurdish diaspora, and hundreds of university students.