From Cannes to Venice, Turkish filmmakers this year have been raking in awards at international film festivals. But back home, a series of government decisions to restrict the viewership of films containing content at odds with positions held by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has set off alarm bells about censorship.
“Especially after the  Gezi protests, I can say there is [a] tendency” by Turkey’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism to try and control the content of Turkish–made films, argued Yamaç Okur, the film industry’s representative on the ministry’s Classification and Evaluation Upper Committee, which oversees film-ratings. “It is very related to politics; sometimes with the subject, whether the content is sexual or religious, and sometimes who directed it or produced it.”
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