Journalist Peter Breedveld vervolgd wegens belediging: ‘Ik trek alle registers open’

„Het gaat over zijn hoofd”, zegt journalist Peter Breedveld. Hij refereert aan het hoofd van Hans Konings, een twitteraar die hem het online leven zuur maakte en die naar de politie stapte toen Breedveld in een column op zijn website Frontaal Naakt naar hem uithaalde. Breedveld schreef in maart vorig jaar: „Een beetje een kindermisbruikershoofd heeft-ie wel. Hij ziet er uit als het archetype van de valse, laffe, achterbakse NSB’ende pederast, wil ik eigenlijk zeggen”. Het OM besloot hem strafrechtelijk te vervolgen wegens belediging. Maandag staat Breedveld voor de rechter.

Lees verder bij NRC Handelsblad!

Wash off your whiteness

What does the fight of the PKK against the patriarchy have to do with the fight against racism in western countries? In this TedX Talk, which I held on 12 May at Leiden University in the Netherlands, I illumniate the roads we must follow towards radical equality. Watch the talk here! Lots of value for fifteen minutes of your time, promise.

Like the talk? Do share it on social media! The more views it gets, the more prominent it will become on the TedX channels. Thank you 🙂

 

Workshop Freelancen in het Buitenland!

Het is weer zover: op donderdag 6 september geef ik de workshop Freelancen in het Buitenland. Er is nog plek! Klik hier voor alle informatie.

Leer het van de beste! Ja, ik zeg het gewoon zelf, want van freelance correspondent zijn weet ik inmiddels álles. Niet alleen over de journalistieke inhoud, maar ook over het ondernemerschap dat er onlosmakelijk bijhoort.

In de tien jaar dat ik als correspondent in Turkije werkte, publiceerde ik in de meest uiteenlopende bladen: van Viva, Flair, Elle en Jan tot HP/De Tijd, Volkskrant Magazine, Groene Amsterdammer, Wordt Vervolgd, Opzij en the Independent, Al-Monitor, BBC, VRT en NPO. Kortom: noem maar een titel en er stond een Turkije-stuk van me in. Daarnaast schreef ik (bijdrages voor) verschillende boeken.

Dus, wil je worden geïnspireerd en geïnformeerd? Wil je volgen in het voetspoor van mensen die in de afgelopen jaren deze workshop óók volgden en hun koffers daadwerkelijk pakten? Er is nog plek op 6 september! Meld je aan voor de workshop in Utrecht!

Stop defending Turkey’s secularism – it’s been a lie all along

Published on the World Post/Huffington Post, on 2 May 2016. 

Finally, after over a decade in power, the true face of Turkey’s governing Justice and Development Party, or AKP, is surfacing. The speaker of the Turkish Parliament, Ismail Kahraman, said that the new constitution that the AKP is preparing will have no reference to secularism.

AKP officials quickly denied the intention but many Turks felt as if an idea was planted in their brain — an idea they would have to get used to. Fearing a secularism-free constitution would be the first step towards introducing Shariah law in their republic, secularist Turks immediately started defending secularism fiercely. Apparently, they do not realize that this secularism got them in trouble in the first place.

Continue reading here!

Bommen op de bergen

(Background article in Dutch weekly Groene Amsterdammer about Turkey’s decision to join the fight against ISIS – but whom is Turkey really fighting? Published 29 July 2015.)

Een adembenemend gezicht was het wel, de F16’s die voor de wassende maan langs over Diyarbakir vlogen en koers zetten richting het zuidoosten. De ene na de andere steeg op, twintig op z’n minst, eerst met bulderend geraas over de stad, daarna over de vlaktes tot de bergen net over de grens met Irak. Daar lieten ze hun lading neer, op de regio’s Zap, Qandil, Hakurk, Qadesh, Habur, Haftanin, Avasin en Amediye, allemaal gebied dat onder militaire controle staat van de Koerdische PKK en waar de organisatie haar kampen heeft.

De eerlijkheid gebiedt te zeggen dat er ook F16’s in zuidwestelijke richting vlogen en bombardementen uitvoerden op IS-stellingen aan de grens bij de provincie Kilis. Maar dat was slechts gesputter vergeleken bij de stortbui die op de PKK terechtkwam. Terwijl het narratief toch is dat de Turkse regering eindelijk heeft besloten op volle kracht mee te doen met de oorlog tegen IS. Het land heeft zelfs, na jaren aandringen door de Verenigde Staten, besloten de belangrijke luchtmachtbasis Incirlik bij de zuidelijk stad Adana open te stellen voor Amerikaanse gevechtsvliegtuigen die aanvallen willen uitvoeren op IS.

Wie bevecht Turkije nou echt?

Lees verder bij de Groene Amsterdammer. 

We were all from Digranakert

‘Apologizing’, Abdullah Demirbas told me in an interview last week, ‘doesn’t weaken you. It makes you stronger.’ We were talking about (what else these days?) the commemoration of the Armenian genocide. Most stories you read about it these days deal with how the Turkish state handles this black page in its history: defiant, in denial, harsh, without love. The Kurds show that there is another way. Continue reading “We were all from Digranakert”

Savunmam: kimlik ve basın özgürlüğü

(Bu savunmamdır. Durusma salonunda böyle, Türkçe, okudum, 8 Nisan 2015.
Find the English version here!)

Sayın savcının son yıllarda yazdığım bazı yazılardan kopyala yapıştır ile aldığı cümleleri gördüğümde, hemen aklıma savunmam için aynı metinlere başvurmayı düşündüm. Örneğin Kürt kimliği üzerine İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi’ndeki bir konferans için yazdığım metinden bazı cümleler var. Van’da röportaj yaptığım, dağa çıkıp çıkmamak konusundaki düşünce sürecini anlatan bir öğrenci hakkında yazmıştım. Bu, her açıdan kimlikle ilgiliydi, çünkü ona göre, gerilla olmayı seçmeden çok önce bir insanın kendini gerçekten tanıması gerekiyordu. Kendini değerlendirdiğinde, kararını geciktirmişti çünkü ondan bir gerilla olmayacağına karar vermekten çok korkuyordu. ‘Belki’ dedi, ‘her şeye karşın karşısında mücadele ettiğim sistemin içinde yaşamak isteyeceğim.’ Continue reading “Savunmam: kimlik ve basın özgürlüğü”

Identity and the core of press freedom – my defence

(This is the English version of my defence in the trial against me, read out in Turkish in Diyarbakir court on 8 April 2015.)

When I saw the sentences the respected prosecutor had copy-pasted from some of my writings from last year, I immediately wondered if I should draw on these writings in my defence. For example, there are a few sentences from a piece I wrote for a conference at Istanbul’s Biligi University, about Kurdish identity. I wrote about a student I spoke to in Van, who talked about his deliberations on whether to go to the mountains or not. It had everything to do with identity, because in his view, you had to know yourself really well before you could choose to be a guerrilla. And he postponed really looking at himself because he was so afraid that he would conclude that there was no guerrilla in him. ‘Maybe’, he said, ‘I will find out that, despite everything, I prefer to live inside the system I am fighting against’. Continue reading “Identity and the core of press freedom – my defence”

No, it’s not justice prevailing in the court case against me

Türkce burada okuyabilirsiniz

‘He’s going to ask for acquittal’. My lawyer walks over to me from his place in the court room and sits down on the chair next to mine. He whispers it in my ear, while the prosecutor continues his plea. ‘He hasn’t said it yet, but I know it from the way he is developing his plea. This will be an acquittal.’ And indeed, a few minutes later the prosecutor demands acquittal. I have to wait till Monday for the final verdict, but I start to smile: the court case against me ends without conviction. Continue reading “No, it’s not justice prevailing in the court case against me”