My books

New Book –The PKK From the Inside

FGqandilnov15Between May 2016 and May 2017 I have stayed with the PKK to research my next book, in which i will describe the organisation from the inside as accurately as possible. The book will, if everything goes as expected, be published in spring 2018. Continue reading »

Bans, Jails and Shameless Lies – Censorship in Turkey

Omslag_turkey_defOn the one hand, the lack of press freedom in Turkey is an extremely brief story – it just doesn’t exist – but on the other it reveals a knot of undemocratic laws, feeble journalistic traditions and huge economic and political intersts that are hard to entangle. Continue reading »

The Boys Are Dead

the-boys-are-dead-coverOn the evening of December 28, 2011 the Turkish air force bombed a group of Kurdish smugglers consisting of mostly underaged boys, close to the village of Roboski. In the incident, 34 people were killed. The Turkish authorities promised a full and fair investigation into the massacre, but nothing of the sort took place. Continue reading »

De Jongens Zijn Dood (Dutch version of The Boys Are Dead)

de-jongens-zijn-doodOp 28 December 2011 kwamen bij een bombardement door het Turkse leger bij het dorpje Roboski in Zuidoost-Turkije 34 merendeels minderjarige burgers om het leven. De slachtoffers bleken smokkelaars. De Turkse regering bezwoer het bloedbad grondig te onderzoeken, maar daar kwam niets van terecht Continue reading »

Gençler Öldü (Turkish version of The Boys Are Dead)

gencler-olduRoboskî’de 28 Aralık 2011 akşamı daha çok gençlerden ve çocuklardan oluşan 34 kişi bombalanarak öldürüldü. Katliama yönelik eksiksiz ve adil bir soruşturma yürütüldüğüne dair ciddi şüpheler doğdu, siyasi ve askerî sorumlular bir türlü ortaya çıkarılamadı, olay âdeta unutulmaya bırakıldı. Continue reading »

Blad Voor De Mond

blad-voor-de-mondFor this Dutch book about press freedom world wide I wrote the chapter about Turkey. Other stories are about press freedom limitations in for example Iran, Kenia, the Gulf Region, South-America, China, Russia, all written by Dutch correspondents who know the local situation well. Continue reading »

Kinderen Die De Wereld Veranderden

kinderenIn English, that is: Children Who Changed The World. For this Dutch book about childrens’ rights, I wrote the chapter about Arshalus Mardiganian, a young woman who survived the Armenian genocide. In case you never heard of her, read the blog post I wrote after I travelled to the town in the east of Turkey where Continue reading »