Authorities in Turkey’s capital banned a German gay film festival on Wednesday, the day before it was due to start, citing public safety and terrorism risks. Four movies by German directors were scheduled for screening as part of the festival, which was planned for Nov. 16-17 in Ankara. “Considering that the content could incite grudges and enmity towards a part of society... and the intelligence reports that terror organisations are seeking to attack dissident groups or individuals, it is evaluated that this film screening could be provocative and draw reactions,” the Ankara governor’s office said in a statement. Organisers Pink Life QueerFest said on Wednesday the festival had been attacked on social media. “Suggesting that these screenings could be provocative or targeted by terror groups only goes to legitimise those people and institutions that produce hate speech towards us and see our existence as a threat,” they said in a statement.
November 15 / Reuters