independent translation movements

Two Voluntary Translation Movements during Gezi Park Protests: Gezi İçin Çevir [Translate for Gezi] and Translate for Justice

September 2013
Translated from Turkish by Translators for justice

This article was published in Babil Postası [The Babel Post], the e-bulletin of the Conference Interpreters Association in its volume March-September 2013.

The protests in June that started with plans to build a shopping mall in Gezi Park in Taksim Square, the center of Istanbul, were rarely broadcast by mainstream media. The common practice was either self censorship or offering programming that was little more than propaganda for the government. In order to create an alternative source for news and to react to the mainstream media’s attitude, many professional and amateur translators initiated a movement on the web to offer alternative media sources, either as NGO volunteers or independently. In this article we will introduce you to Gezi İçin Çevir [Translate for Gezi] , one of the first examples of such attempts, and then follow with Translate for Justice. (more…)