Erdoğan and the AKP’s war with art and culture

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“Against Censorship at Flickr” by alias65 is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 During the annual Presidential Culture and Arts Grand Awards ceremony in December 2021, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan addressed the crowd, saying, “The stronger you are in culture and arts, the more you can direct and manage your environment. It is a fact that the most powerful weapons of those who manage the global system today are the tools of culture.” In the years since his ascent to power, President Erdoğan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has slowly taken control over much of the country’s art and cu…

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