Feb 27 2018

Turkish musician reports self to prosecutor

A Turkish musician reported himself to the prosecutor's office for undersigning two statements for which Turkish intellectuals are both serving time.

Musician Şanar Yurdatapan made a short statement saying that he would endorse the comments made by Dr. Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, which landed him in jail for two years and six months; and by journalist Nurcan Baysal, who was sentenced to ten months in prison for an article in 2016 criticising a Turkish military operation in the mainly-Kurdish town of Cizre.

Yurdatapan said that, despite his belief that the jail sentences were illegal, he was willing to receive punishment for repeating what the jailed intellectuals said.

Yurdatapan filed a criminal complaint against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan earlier this month alongside Ahval contributor Baskın Oran for describing the 170 signatories of a declaration calling for an end to Turkey’s operation against the Kurdish-controlled Syrian enclave of Afrin as "traitors, vile degenerates, and so-called artists".