Touched by Görümlü

I suppose the people of Görümlü, a hamlet between the town of Silopi and the Turkish border with Iraq, didn’t know yet, when they smuggled me into their village in 1993, that six of the men who had recently been arrested, were sadistically murdered by the soldiers who took them away. This week a trial began…

Expelled through the back door

When I heard that Bram Vermeulen, my award winning successor as the correspondent of NOS, the main T.V. and radio news in the Netherlands, and reporter for the respected NRC newspaper, was blacklisted by Turkey, I immediately thought of my friend and former colleague, Aliza Marcus. It was 1995. The PKK and the Turkish army…