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Photo exhibit in Geneva raises new tensions with Turkey

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 01:20

Geneva's Place des Nations has become ground zero in the latest freedom of expression battle between Turkey and the West. And, as Nathan Frandino reports, the Swiss government is not bending to pressure from Turkey.

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The exhibit here in front of the United Nations features the image of a Turkish boy who died in 2013 after suffering injuries during an anti-government protest in Istanbul. Demir Sonmez is the photographer behind the exhibit, which Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his government want removed. (SOUNDBITE) (French) SWISS PHOTOGRAPHER DEMIR SONMEZ SAYING: "I am shocked, but at the same time I am not surprised, because Mr. Erdogan and his government have no tolerance whatsoever for freedom of expression and freedom of information." Swiss authorities have already said they would not remove the exhibit, which also features images of dozens of other demonstrations that haven't place there over the years. The decision stands in contrast to Germany, where a comedian faces an investigation over comments made on television about Erdogan. Sonmez says Turkey shot itself in the foot. (SOUNDBITE) (French) SWISS PHOTOGRAPHER DEMIR SONMEZ SAYING: "If they hadn't reacted, my exhibition would have kept on going normally at the Place des Nations. Now, my exhibition has become a great success." A spokesperson for the Turkish Embassy in Switzerland was not immediately available. The installation will run until May 1st.

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Photo exhibit in Geneva raises new tensions with Turkey

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 01:20