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Can D羹ndar
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 27 Jan 2016 Wed 10:14 am

Hello. I have been following the saga of the two Cumhuriyet journalists who have been imprisoned since November. Here is my attempt to translate an open letter written by Cumhuriyet editor-in-chief Can Dündar. I hope I have done justice to his thoughts, which I think are important. 

Türkler misafirperverdir.

Turks are hospitable.

Çok övündükleri bu özellik büyük oranda cana yak覺nl覺klar覺ndan kaynaklansa da k覺smen de dayaktan sak覺nma içgüdüsünün sonucudur.

If this characteristic in which they take pride arises in great proportion from their geniality, it is also partly a result of the instinct to avoid a thrashing. 

Çünkü Türkler misafirin yan覺nda çocuk dövmezler. Dayakç覺 babalardan en s覺k duyulan söz, “u misafirler gitsin, ben sana gösteririm”dir.

Because Turks do not beat children in the company of guests. The remark often heard from fathers who are beaters: "Let those guests go, I will show you."

Bu tehditle büyümü çocuklar için misafir ziyareti, güvenli saatler demektir.

For children who grew up with this threat, a guest means hours of safety.

Geçen ay Antalya’daki G20 Zirvesi’nde 20 dünya liderini a覺rlayan Türk hükümeti, bu gelenee uyarak “ev içi bask覺”ya k覺sa bir ara verdi.

Last month [November] at the G-20 summit in Antalya, conforming to this tradition, the Turkish government, which was entertaining 20 world leaders, took a short break from "domestic oppression." 

Misafirler gider gitmez de, hapisteki 20’yi ak覺n gazetecinin aras覺na bizleri de katt覺. 襤nsan, çoktand覺r bir “global köy” haline gelen yerküremizde, bu tür despotik uygulamalar覺n gizli kalamayaca覺n覺, tepkiyle kar覺lanaca覺n覺 düünüyor.

As soon as the guests went, it added us among the more than 20 journalists in prison. A decent person thinks this type of despotic actions will not remain secret and will be met with a response in our world, which has already become a "global village." 

Durum pek öyle deil.

The situation is not much like that.

Akla gelmeyen bir ihtimal var:

There is a possibility that didn´t come to mind:

Misafirlerin, kap覺dan ç覺karken iittikleri ç覺l覺k seslerine, dayakç覺 ortakla ilikilerini bozmamak ad覺na kulak t覺kamalar覺...

The guests´ ignoring the sound of screams that they hear while going out the door in the name of not ruining their relations with the beater partner ...

Kendi evlatlar覺na lay覺k görmedikleri bir muamele komunun çocuklar覺na yap覺ld覺覺nda ç覺karlar覺 gerei görmezden gelmeleri...

The guests´ going out and ignoring the reality when a behavior is done to the neighbor´s children that they do not consider proper for their own children ...

Geçen hafta sonu aynen böyle oldu.

Last weekend was exactly like this.

Türk istihbarat tekilat覺n覺n illegal olarak Suriye’ye silah ta覺yan TIR’lar覺n覺 haber yapt覺覺m覺z için 26 Kas覺m’da hapse at覺ld覺k. 29 Kas覺m’da Avrupa Birlii-Türkiye zirvesi topland覺. Bir mektupla 28 Avrupa liderine -tutuklu gazeteciler ad覺na- Bat覺 uygarl覺覺n覺n düünce - ifade - bas覺n özgürlüü gibi deerlerini hat覺rlatt覺k.

We were thrown in prison on Nov. 26 for reporting the Turkish intelligence organization´s TIR trucks that took weapons to Syria as illegal. On Nov. 29, the European Union-Turkey summit was convened. In a letter, we reminded the 28 European leaders, on the behalf of detained journalists, of values such as Western civilization´s freedom of thought, expression and the press.

Brüksel’deki zirveye girerken çounun bir cebinde bizim mektubumuz vard覺; öbür ceplerinde ise Avrupa’ya gelmesini istemedikleri mültecilere bekçilik yapmas覺 için Türkiye’ye vermeyi kararlat覺rd覺klar覺 3 milyar Avro...

As they entered the summit in Brussels, most had our letter in one pocket. In the other pocket was 3 billion euros that they had agreed to give to Turkey for its standing guard over the refugees that they did not want coming to Europe. 

Sonuçta sa cepteki para, sol cepteki mektubu unutturdu doal olarak...

In the end, the money in the right pocket naturally made them forget the letter in the left pocket ... 

Bir “win-win” memnuniyeti yayan bas覺n toplant覺s覺n覺 ve Türkiye’ye AB kap覺s覺n覺n yeniden aç覺lmas覺n覺 hücremizdeki televizyondan ac覺 bir tebessümle izledik.

We watched with a bitter smile on the television in our cell the press conference that broadcast the satisfaction of a "win-win" and the E.U.´s door again being opened to Turkey.

En temel haklar覺n hiç dile getirilmemesinden siyasi dersler ç覺kard覺k.

We extracted political lessons from the most basic rights never having been brought up.

Avrupa, paras覺n覺 verip kendine uzakta bir toplama kamp覺 kiralam覺t覺.

Europe had given the money to rent a concentration camp far from itself.

Ankara, paras覺n覺 al覺p siyasi ay覺plar覺n覺 unutturmutu.

Ankara had taken the money and made them forget the political disgrace.

Onlar sar覺l覺rken arada 2 ey ezildi:
While they embraced, two things were crushed between them:

Bizler ve ilkeler...

Us and principles ...

imdi “Bat覺 standartlar覺nda” ina edilen tecrit hücremizde, babam覺z覺n misafirle birlikte dövdüü çocuklar gibiyiz.

Now, in our isolation cell built "on Western standards," we are like children that our father and the guests both beat.

Yine de misafirperveriz.

Nevertheless we are hospitable.

Tek tek gelin. Bekleriz.

Come one by one. We are expecting you.

Can Dündar

Cumhuriyet Gazetesi Genel Yay覺n Yönetmeni

Cumhuriyet newspaper general publication manager (editor in chief)

Tutuklu Gazeteci Silivri-襤stanbul

Detained journalist, Silivri prison, Istanbul



Edited (1/27/2016) by trip
Edited (1/27/2016) by trip

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