Dutch choreographer refuses Turkish governmental honour

This 2015 video says about itself:

Hans van Manen: Without Words – Het Nationale Ballet | Dutch National Ballet

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Choreographer Hans van Manen refuses Turkish award

Today, 15:30

The Dutch choreographer Hans van Manen refuses a honourary award from the Turkish state. Turkey wanted to honor him as “Choreographer of the Century”, but Van Manen does not accept the title.

To NPO Radio 1 Van Manen said he refuses the prize “for the simple reason that newspapers and journalists who are just doing their jobs are muzzled and end up in prison.” …

Hans van Manen (83) is one of the most prominent Dutch choreographers. Internationally he enjoys great fame. He worked for the past sixty years in the Dutch Dance Theatre and the National Ballet. …

Press freedom

Press freedom in Turkey has been under pressure for a long time. A month ago Can Dündar, editor of the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet, was sentenced for disclosing state secrets … Dündar received a prison sentence of five years and ten months.

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