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I hope all the freelancers in or near Turkey are getting in position if you aren’t already, media is going to need photos—-stay safe and remember no photo is worth your life.


by David Bro at 2013-06-03 22:16:25 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Any of you currently in Turkey? How’s the situation? I guess everything will calm down now that politics realized and apologized. I was planing to detour back to Munich from Sardinia – depends if there’s still something going on.

by Dan van Moll | 05 Jun 2013 11:06 | Sardinia, Italy | | Report spam→
I’m in Ankara situation is really bad especially because unpredictable. Different groups of cops behave in completely different ways, sometime at mere meters of distance. Protesters are generally (in the totality of cases I have met) extremely friendly with foreign press and non violent, but panic, stampedes due to police charges and heavy riot vehicles speeding up ruthless are very dangerous. Both tear gas canisters and “rubber bullets” (actually I found an empty ammo box marked FN303 – Fabrique Nationale") are regularly shot at point blank.
DON’T COME WITHOUT A REAL GAS MASK. CS use widespread even in civilian neighborhood on windows and even schools. Government “apologized” but the same day tear gas was dropped by helicopters in central Ankara. Cops are often seen (I have pics) covering with tape the ID number on helmets. Also, before entering Turkey you need a press card, apply to local Turkish Embassy. Journalist activity on tourist visa is punishable with deportment but usually tolerated, but in these days not only it’s very important to declare as press member (BAS’N or MUHABIR, or GAZETEJI) but also to introduce as such to as many cops as possible. And even so, photographers and cameramen have been targeted with tear gas/rubber bullets and arrested for filming/photoing brutality. STAY SAFE.

by Piero Castellano | 06 Jun 2013 10:06 | Ankara, Turkey | | Report spam→

thanks for your detailed evaluation. I’ve contacted the Consulate-General of Turkey in Munich, awaiting approval. I got a gas mask with new filters. Concerning the ammo box, that’s regular semi-automatic less-lethal riot ammo. Often used in such situations. More worried about stampedes as you’ve described above.

Let’s see how things evolve during the weekend. Any info about the situation in Istanbul?

Take good care!

by Dan van Moll | 06 Jun 2013 15:06 | Munich, Germany | | Report spam→
Tonight when coming back to Istanbul, from his trip abroad, PM basically called his supporters to civil war. Hopefully it is only harsh rhetoric, VERY harsh even for Turkey, in such a situation. Hopefully situation will not worsen, and he’s only playing bad cop. Sure enough, tension is unbelievably higher now. Also, he repeatedly pointed to “Foreign Press” as part of this plot to bring down Turkey. Not sure how this will be taken by his people, and if it will affect photo/journos safety. But sounds ugly.

by Piero Castellano | 07 Jun 2013 00:06 | Ankara, Turkey | | Report spam→
Oh btw, before leaving with a gas mask in your luggage, ask Turkish Consulate if it can give problems. Somebody rightly pointed out that it could be misinterpreted at custom.

by Piero Castellano | 07 Jun 2013 00:06 | Ankara, Turkey | | Report spam→
Thanks again, Piero. I’ve contacted the Turkish Embassy, awaiting feedback now. I’ve also asked if having protection gear and gas mask on my luggage might be causing trouble (which I doubt since possession is not illegal).

Take care!

by Dan van Moll | 07 Jun 2013 08:06 | Munich, Germany | | Report spam→
Hi Everyone I am an amateur photographer and I am new here. I have a turkish girlfriend that is living in Istanbul and she kept me updated on the situation, she was as well in the peaceful protest made tuesday and wednesday. At the moment in Gezi park during the day people are doing a peaceful getting together, with music, picnic, and a library over there.

If you want to get more info about the air temperature, people are getting coordinated on Twitter check the #occupygezi or and sms messages between contacts.

I will be over there in istanbul trying to do my own photography of the situation the 18th of June. I want to picture how peaceful are the “terrorist” protesters that the prime minister is saying.

I do not think too that this protest is gonna stop, and I believe that is gonna be long like the one that I lived here in Barcelona with the “indignados” in Plaça Catalunya. Good luck guys with your pictures, and stay safe. If you need any turkish translation let me know, I am gladly want to help in spread the right kind of information about the whole thing.

And as well I hope to learn a couple of tips and tricks from you professionals.

by Alessio Carone | 07 Jun 2013 10:06 (ed. Jun 7 2013) | Barcelona, Spain | | Report spam→
Ah, I saw even pictures and videos of people of AKP party in civil clothes going together with the police armed against peaceful protester. So look out not only for policemen.

by Alessio Carone | 07 Jun 2013 10:06 (ed. Jun 7 2013) | Barcelona, Spain | | Report spam→
Alessio, I’ll give you a shout via Skype/Phone once I have feet on the ground.

by Dan van Moll | 07 Jun 2013 11:06 | Munich, Germany | | Report spam→
Alessio, I’ll be in Istanbul soon and if I heard that you gave away your photos for free I’ll kick your butt you dam amateur. ;o)

by Yves Choquette | 07 Jun 2013 13:06 | Montreal, Canada, Canada | | Report spam→
Just a warn of advice Dan and Yves, I am not still there. My girlfriend is there. I will be there the 18th of june. I can put you in contact with her if you wish to discuss anything local, but I don’t know how busy she will be :)

And I am a designer, so I know about not giving anything for free :D , but I don’t know anything about how to make revenue with photography, to who sell pictures (and I am not talking about photostock or getty images) but other kind of clients. Photo journalism it is a recent interest of mine, and any suggestion, or books to read please let me know, I would be very grateful. Italian Pasta dish grateful :D

by Alessio Carone | 07 Jun 2013 13:06 | Barcelona, Spain | | Report spam→
Quick update: Just had a phone call from the Turkish Embassy. The VISA requirement depends on your nationality. Currently there is no VISA or working permit requirement for journalists from Germany. Having a German passport I’ll be able to stay there and work for up to 30 days.

Concerning personal protective equipment or gas masks: There is no law that prohibits the import of these items.

Well so much for the theory. We all know that things might be different in practice.

by Dan van Moll | 07 Jun 2013 14:06 | Munich, Germany | | Report spam→
Hello everyone , I am a Turkish Fixer living isn Istanbul. I am involved with `Gezi Parki Direnisi` from the beginning. It started as reading books,singining songs kind of protest but since our police practically attacked us it got worse. It was the last drop. Our PM had been banning things, trying to hush different voices etc. So we decided that we wont leave the park until our demands are fulfilled.Ofcourse we are doing this in a very peaceful way.Also kinda weird:) The police attacks us, if we are not injured by directly shot tear cannons, we run away and when the tear gas is not more in the air we come back. We resist! So this is the situation, if you need more info let me know.

by İris Anlıatamer | 14 Jun 2013 16:06 | İstanbul, Turkey | | Report spam→
Here I am in istanbul as well…

by umut vedat | 15 Jun 2013 17:06 | Istanbul, Turkey | | Report spam→
Rumblings that this is spreading to Lebanon—-sounds like a far reach——


by David Bro | 15 Jun 2013 19:06 | Orange County-Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
what does it have to with lebanon..it is not the same with what has happened in middle east, you got to be turkish or know turkey well to understand… is akp ruling lebanon too …what is the connection

by İris Anlıatamer | 15 Jun 2013 19:06 | İstanbul, Turkey | | Report spam→
Egypt, Libya, Syria, now Turkey, and maybe Lebanon is what I am saying——I’d better add to this—-not saying that any countries are similar in any way apart from the fact that recent history in predominantly muslim countries——citizens have been and are willing to stand up and draw a hard line against what is going on in their own government——nothing more——

Editing what I said above——ADDENUM—-the most recent countries experiencing conflict including Egypt, Libya, Syria and now, Turkey, and possibly Lebanon, share the common denominator where citizens are muslim and follow Islam——regardless of anything else that you could use to describe these citizens or their form of government or leadership, they are muslim and they are passionate about what ever circumstance they find themselves in——passionate enough to protest in public in order to show their fellow citizens, government and leaders as well as the world that watches—-the message they want to convey.

by David Bro | 15 Jun 2013 22:06 (ed. Jun 15 2013) | Orange County-Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
Turkey is not a “muslim” country.And what is going on here is not again “muslims” or “religious goverment” otherways there wont be people praying in the park in the resistance. It is like saying England and USA are the same just because both countries speak english

by İris Anlıatamer | 15 Jun 2013 22:06 | İstanbul, Turkey | | Report spam→
Okay Iris, not going to argue with you——good luck with everything.


by David Bro | 15 Jun 2013 22:06 | Orange County-Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
I am not trying to argue, just trying to make sure that we are not misunderstood… It is one of the things we dont want, to be seem as a muslim country or a country rebelling about religion…It is about the fascism going on here…I hope I could make myself clear

by İris Anlıatamer | 15 Jun 2013 22:06 | İstanbul, Turkey | | Report spam→
see addenum above—-

by David Bro | 15 Jun 2013 22:06 | Orange County-Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
When I was in Ankara in 2009, seating at a table in a sweet coffee place with my students and the workshop organizers, was my last day there. I ask some of them: So do you prefer to be seen as a Muslim civilization or European one? They all answer me without any hesitation: We really feel like being European citizens than anything else.

Yes they are Muslim like I’m catholic, not by choice but because their parents are. But they drink alcohol, they smoke cigarettes and weed, they party all weekend, they are having sex outside marriage, etc. They just want to be consider as “human being” first…

by Yves Choquette | 15 Jun 2013 23:06 | Montreal, Canada, Canada | | Report spam→
I am reading the news of yesterday night. I hope that everyone it is ok.

by Alessio Carone | 16 Jun 2013 10:06 | Barcelona, Spain | | Report spam→
I’m okay. When they brought in National Guard with heavy gear they started to attack journalists, also. That was the moment when I hid in a small theater in Galatasaray (Istanbul).. that was a tough night for all of us here.

by Dan van Moll | 16 Jun 2013 11:06 | Istanbul, Turkey | | Report spam→
Iris apart from a dictatorial government there is nothing worse than an armchair critic sitting on the West Coast of the USA who knows nothing about a people culture, country or region.

Good luck Idris and stay safe.

by Charlie Wate | 16 Jun 2013 13:06 (ed. Jun 16 2013) | NYC, United States | | Report spam→
There are more women in the United States than men. So I must conclude that the US is a female country.

by Barry Milyovsky | 16 Jun 2013 13:06 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Yves, you are right, actually more than right, we are fighting in the country with our government’s police forces ( yes I ve said goverment’s) furthermore at the same time we are trying to not to be misunderstood by the rest of the world.Alessio, we are phisically not so ok and scared but mentally we are better than ok, I have never trusted my people to stand up against such a facist goverment however now they do and we are more “together as one”.Dan, take care and keep in touch if you ever need something or a place to stay…Charlie, I have stayed in the States for a while and been to both coasts if I was a prejudiced person I should directly call Americans ignorant, but I know better than that, maybe other people should consider to open up their eyes and start reading and travelling furthermore before doing so they should not judge a country by what they hear on tv or on internet. And Barry ! Man, you made my day :)

by İris Anlıatamer | 16 Jun 2013 14:06 | İstanbul, Turkey | | Report spam→
Thank you, Iris. People love to label things. Everything is named and defined and the world appears to be very understandable.

by Barry Milyovsky | 16 Jun 2013 18:06 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Yeah, I am good on what I wrote, firm, confident and sure and the only thing I could add is too be sure and check the label before you consume anything.


by David Bro | 16 Jun 2013 21:06 | Orange County-Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→
Dan van Moll, when I saw the pictures of the police gassing the hotel I was exactly thinking to all of you photographer that could be caught there inside the conflict.

Well I was worried. Happy to hear that you are scared, but ok. You are all doing a great important job in reporting such information to all the rest of the world.

I am flying this tuesday, I know that tomorrow it is gonna be a big strike… anyway still wish good luck to everyone.

by Alessio Carone | 16 Jun 2013 22:06 | Barcelona, Spain | | Report spam→
I’m in touch with some of the photographers there and the situation basically sucks. Things are rough for photographers, even those from major journalist organizations.

Notwithstanding, the situation requires coverage, so anyone working there should go forward but properly equipped (helmet and working gas masks at a minimum, and with appropriate care….)

by Neal Jackson | 17 Jun 2013 13:06 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
I just got back to Munich this morning. The situation in Istanbul is very dire. Small clashes scattered all over the districts around Taksim now. Working there as a photographer wasn’t easy. I always felt way more safe among the protesters than with the police.

On Saturday when riot police engaged Gezi Park I followed them inside and covered the assault as many other journalists did. In the middle of the park one of the civil policemen who were with the riot police turned around and yelled “REMOVE MASK” because he wanted to check if that’s my press ID I was wearing. So I had to remove my mask in the middle of tear gas – very nice.

A photographer from Canada had his Camera destroyed when Civil Police (these guys are the worst) came up to him, opened the memory slot, turned the card the wrong way and slammed it back inside. Another photographer got shot by plastic bullets. Some were deported or taken into custody.

Anyway: Glad to be back. Had stressed my luck more than enough over there. Thoughts are with all my colleagues currently assigned to Turkey. Stay safe!

by Dan van Moll | 17 Jun 2013 13:06 (ed. Jul 6 2013) | Istanbul, Turkey | | Report spam→
I saw this yesterday night. They are really out of their mind.

by Alessio Carone | 17 Jun 2013 14:06 | Barcelona, Spain | | Report spam→
Dan, do you know the name of the Canadian photog?

by Yves Choquette | 17 Jun 2013 14:06 | Montreal, Canada, Canada | | Report spam→
Frederick.. Don’t know his last name. He told me he has been around war photography for something like 30 years.

by Dan van Moll | 17 Jun 2013 15:06 | Istanbul, Turkey | | Report spam→
Please be careful, really careful. Riot polices arrested local journalists, photographers, videographers who doesn’t have Turkish yellow press card. They rejected any other type of profession ID’s. You can watch a short video here : Turkish riot polices are arresting journalists

Last weekend riot polices tried to remove and destroy everyones gas masks, helmets because they want to let them stay inside.

They arrested hundreds of lawyers from Justice Palace, they arrested doctors where they working and helping injured people at make shift clinics. They entered Hilton Hotel, Divan Hotel and many other private properties without permission and even collected gas masks from people’s faces, threw water bottles, medicines to the floor. They filled many hotels, houses with gas bombs while elders, children, women sitting inside.

Here is a video shows armored police vehicle entered to the German Hospital located close to Taksim Square and shout there : Armored police vehicle attacked inside of German Hospital

Also please more careful for gas canisters, they are using them just like a bullet directly to protesters face & bodies.

Also the water, sprayed from water cannons are includes unknown chemicals that instantly burns skin. burned skin photo. People advices remove the clothes immediately and use ornament Bepanthen for treatment.

There are 4 dead, tens of people lost their eyes, more then 7,000 people injured, many of them heavily.

Occupy Gezi have a Facebook page and you may get many instant updates bilingually (Turkish/English) : Occupy Gezi Facebook page

Take care,

by Ertugrul Kilic | 17 Jun 2013 18:06 | Paramaribo, Suriname | | Report spam→
Dan, I don’t know any Canadian guy name Frederick and been in war photography for 30 years, very weird. Does he have press card?

by Yves Choquette | 17 Jun 2013 19:06 | Montreal, Canada, Canada | | Report spam→
Thanks so much for all these background info and videos! Really I love the community here and among journalists in Istanbul. This is what keeps me running.

@Yves: Yes, he had the NPPA Canada version ID.

by Dan van Moll | 17 Jun 2013 21:06 | Istanbul, Turkey | | Report spam→
Thank Dan but NPPA ID is neither a press pass or press credential. I know lot of photog use it as it is extremely ez to get and NPPA does not make any verification on your real situation. But if the guy try to fool the police with this card, maybe that’s where trouble come from. I have ask around and nobody know or ever heard of him. I’m afraid he’s just another tourist looking for thrill, too bad for him…

by Yves Choquette | 18 Jun 2013 21:06 | Montreal, Canada, Canada | | Report spam→
Sorry for not being precise. He had a regular press IDs (Canadian and Turkish working permit) with decent gear and was around the age of 50+ – I don’t question his authenticity or what he said. Maybe you just don’t know him. Canada is a big country after all?

by Dan van Moll | 18 Jun 2013 21:06 | Istanbul, Turkey | | Report spam→
Dan, maybe. Yes Canada is a big country but not the “war photographers” community. Yes I might totally being wrong but I ask around, I have friends photogs in Canada for more than 20 years and I just find weird that not a single person had ever heard of him. Also you mention that he’s member of NPPA. I’M not but my friends are, they check the directory and nobody corresponding to the description. Kind of strange no?

by Yves Choquette | 18 Jun 2013 23:06 (ed. Jun 18 2013) | Montreal, Canada, Canada | | Report spam→
I get your point. But I usually get a different feeling when somebody is pretending. Well .. maybe I just got his name wrong.

by Dan van Moll | 20 Jun 2013 12:06 | Munich, Germany | | Report spam→
I was just in Turkey, in Istanbul, came back about two weeks ago, I have a couple stories that may or may not be helpful.
One night I took a picture of a cop by a barricade, with lots of cops around. Maybe not the brightest thing, but I was just going on autopilot. Anyway they immediately started harassing, shoving, yelling at me, very aggressive. They asked if I was press, I said yes, they started demanding a press card. Fortunately I have a BS card that I made on an online cardmaker site, it looks pretty good, hologram finish and all that, I have it for these occasions, it has the phone # and email of the NPPA, which I belong to. Anyway, as soon as I showed the card they couldn’t have
been more pleasant, just complete and immediate change in tone. I’m sure this wouldn’thave worked with every group of cops, but it helped with those.
Another time I was trying to get into Taksim sq. but police had cordoned off every entrance. As I was walking up to the line of cops one of a small group of protesters began arguing with he cops, yelling. Then a protester a little further back began chanting and one of the cops ran to him and started beating him with his nightstick, and was joined by four other cops doing the same. I went up to one of he officers at the cordon and in my best innocent tourist impression just kind of actedand asked if the square was open. That cop was very nice, opened a space for me to go through. I had my camera in my backpack, I’d gotten in he habit of putting it away when there was no immediate use for it, because of general police suspicion/aggression, so I didn’t look like a journalist.
I hope these examples are helpful…

by Tim Eastman | 06 Jul 2013 07:07 | United States, United States | | Report spam→
Well I’m in Istanbul right now so we’ll see tonight as the “Occupy Gerzi park” will try to re occupy the park.

by Yves Choquette | 06 Jul 2013 08:07 | Istanbul, Turkey | | Report spam→
@Tim: Thanks for your insights, even though I’m not really a fan of “self made press credentials”. Membership selection process and fees are there for a reason. So why not join at least NPPA (which not really should be considered a press ID) and pay the annual fee – you’d at least financially support their cause.

@Yves: so I should be coming back? Maybe meeting each other works this time :) how’s the situation in general? Do you really think re-occupying (even though it sounds pretty consistent) will work out?

By the way, Istanbul pictures of both Piero and me are being exhibited in Venice, starting Friday next week. I’ll be there for the opening on Friday – if any of you is in town, beer is on me!

by Dan van Moll | 06 Jul 2013 08:07 | Munich, Germany | | Report spam→
Dan, it is up to you. I can’t promise the gas canisters going to fly around as I’m not the organizer. I have good contact in the opposition movement here and bad (some communist promise to kick the shit out of me if I shoot them). But let stick to the good news. A guy from Taksim Solidarity told that he’s going to help out with the legal papers if we get arrested. Reach me on my cell phone (it’s local) for more infos if you come tonight. At 6 pm, they are going to have a satire of water canon so be careful if you don’t want to be flood, ha! ha! The real thing start around 7 pm.

Good luck


P.S. Congratulation for the exhibition, unfortunately won’t be able to make it.

by Yves Choquette | 06 Jul 2013 08:07 (ed. Jul 6 2013) | Istanbul, Turkey | | Report spam→
@Yves: I am a member of NPPA

by Tim Eastman | 06 Jul 2013 08:07 | United States, United States | | Report spam→
Istanbul Governor @Valimutlu twitted three hours ago that they will open The Gezi Park tomorrow morning (Sunday). I hope this will be not a reason to attack protesters again. Protesters responded with many tweets immediately : “We will remove police band tonight, then you can open with your self tomorrow” :) Please be careful, take care you all.

@Dan van Moll : Congratulations again


by Ertugrul Kilic | 06 Jul 2013 13:07 (ed. Jul 6 2013) | Paramaribo, Suriname | | Report spam→
Thank for the update Ertugrul, will you be tonight?

@Tim, you got the wrong person I guess.


by Yves Choquette | 06 Jul 2013 14:07 | Istanbul, Turkey | | Report spam→
Last minute speech from Istanbul Governor @Valimutlu : They will not allow any meeting in Taksim Square & Gezi Parki.

I also forgot to mention one more detail. The Turkish government decided to pay total amount of 24 month of salaries of each cops (and also to their managers who in the chain) as bonus after more then 6,000 cops requests to work out of Istanbul few weeks ago. They already filled, paid with extras. Please, please be careful.


by Ertugrul Kilic | 06 Jul 2013 14:07 | Paramaribo, Suriname | | Report spam→
@Yves, Sorry I couldn’t saw your post while writing. I wish I was there but unfortunately I’m in Paramaribo, Suriname / South America. Please do not hesitate to contact with me if you need any help around there. Take care,


by Ertugrul Kilic | 06 Jul 2013 14:07 | Paramaribo, Suriname | | Report spam→
I just saw a photographer in an Internet TV, detained by police around Taksim 30 minutes ago while he is resisting to them and asking for help in English, but police detained him while giving orders in Turkish and pushing him forcibly to police vehicle. He was blond, short hair and wearing blue T-Shirt, at age 30s… I’m still searching his name.

The government arrested at least 80 persons this night mostly from the management of Taksim Solidarity.

Here is a short to do list if you detained by Turkish police :

How to stay safe in #occupygezi Turkey? #direngezi #occupyturkey


Please be careful, take care.


by Ertugrul Kilic | 08 Jul 2013 21:07 (ed. Jul 8 2013) | Paramaribo, Suriname | | Report spam→
Praying and thinking good thoughts for this PJ as well as protesters, police and innocents—-good luck—-


by David Bro | 08 Jul 2013 21:07 | Orange County-Los Angeles, United States | | Report spam→

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