Show cover of Episode 16 Ellen Tordesillas

Episode 16 Ellen Tordesillas "Too complacent for too mny years."

"Stimmen für die Freiheit" ist der Podcast der Hamburger Stiftung für politisch Verfolgte. Diese in Deutschland einmalige Organisation bietet mutigen Menschen, die wegen ihres Engagements für demokratische Reformen und Menschen- und Freiheitsrechte ins Visier ihrer Regierungen geraten sind, eine Auszeit an der Elbe. Geschützt von ihrer neuen internationalen Sichtbarkeit, aber auch durch die in Deutschland und Europa geknüpften Kontakte werden sie ihre so wichtige Arbeit nach ihrer Heimkehr fortsetzen. Diesen "Stimmen für die Freiheit" eine laute Stimme zu geben - das ist der Auftrag der Hamburger Stiftung für politisch Verfolgte und das Ziel dieses Podcasts.


Too complacent for too many years
After six years of violence, murder and blatant disregard of the law the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte is history. His successor Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., who had won the election by a landslide margin, was sworn in on June 30th. But there is little joy in the South East Asian island state. The new president's style of Government might be more subtle than the brutal and often vulgar approach of his predecessor. But like Duterte, Bongbong Marcos is no friend of independent free media. His is set to rehabilitate his father's image. Ellen Tordesillas, an investigative journalist from Manila and co-founder of the Online Media and fact-checking platform VeraFiles analyzes the return to power of the Marcos family: 36 years after the ousting of the Marcos clan clan the Philippines could well be back to be back to the beginning of s new dictatorship.
33:46 01.07.22
Episode 15: "Leaving Kosovo is not an option."
The deconstruction of Yugoslavia ended with the declaration of independence of Kosovo in 2008. But nothing of the traumatic experiences of 15 years of war has been forgotten since. The Kosovar journalist Visar Duriqi talks not only about the political stumbling blocks on the way to a lasting peace. His dire prediction for the troubled region is a new wave of murderous violence - if the EU doesn't get its act together and gets back into the political driver's seat.
40:18 16.05.22
Episode 14: Why I turned from journalism to Freedom Fighter
On February 1, 2021 the Burmese military seized power deposing the legitimate government of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. Since then, roughly 10,000 citizens have been arrested, 2,000 more have been killed. The journalist Mary Wine knew that she couldn't face the same destiny any time. So she left her job and fled to a neighboring country where she joined the Burmese resistance movement. Since then the young woman has been invited by the Hamburg Foundation for politically persecuted People to its temporary shelter program. Even though she doesn't expect an early end toi military rule, Mary is determined to continue her fight for political change in Myanmar.
30:10 30.04.22
Episode 13 They even harassed my family
For Tajik journalists talking or writing facts comes at a high price: The regime of President Rahmon never forgets - and never forgives. To avoid years in prison and the danker of physical and psychological torture Humayro Bakhtyiar, like so many others before and since, had to leave her home country.
33:12 21.01.22
EPISODE 12 Dangerous imperialistic pipedreams
Vladimir Putin sees himself as the renovator of the old Russian empire. Recep Tayyib Erdogan dreams of a Neo Ottoman dominion. The Belarusian journalist Alex Znatkevich, Turkish TV-Journalist Murat Utgur and the Kurdish-Iraqi analyst Kamal Chomani debate a dangerous geopolitical powergame.
61:22 17.12.21
EPISODE 11 A fascist regime in Belarus
Since the stolen elections in August 2020 Belorussian jails are overcrowded with political prisoners. Torture and extrajudicial killings are daily routine. On the International day of Human Rights Belorussian writers in exile Julia Cimafiejeva and Alhierd Bacharevic claim that "tolerated by the Russian President Vladimir Putin, Europ's last dictator Aleksandr Lukashenko has installed a fascist regime comparable to Nazi Germany." Since they had to leave Belarus, the couple has found temporary shelter with the "Writer in Exile" Program of the city of Graz in Austria.
25:58 10.12.21
EPISODE 10 Shammi Haque from Bangladesh
Already at the age of 20, Shammi Haque was a seasoned and widely known social activist, blogger and journalist. Most of her topics touched on tabus within the conservative and patriarchal society. But when she started to write about the growing influence of radical political Islam her life changed dramatically. She was threatened with rape and murder. Numerous of her blogger friends were killed. That was the moment the young woman decided she had to leave. Today Shammi lives in Germany. She has mastered the language up to the point to work at a German newspaper. "I enjoy my freedom every single day", she says. And she has a clear message: "Here everything is possible! Just do it!"
39:32 19.11.21
Episode 9 "We will not be silenced!"
The young journalist and analyst Kamal Chomani had to flee his homeland after opposing the referendum for independence called for by the Kurdish leadership. Even though today he is living in Germany, the former guest of the Hamburg Foundation for politically persecuted people hasn't stopped fighting for democracy and human rights just in Kurdistan. "Iraqi from all walks of life are fed up with the system!"
32:54 07.11.21
Episode 8: "No place for me in paradise!"
Shahindha Ismail tried hard to convince her co-citizens of the importance of the Universal Human rights. Universal Rights. But when islamic extremists threatened to burn her alive and the government and its institutions failed to guarantee her safety, Shahindha knew that it was time to leave the South Asian Island nation which holiday makers from around the world consider paradise..
36:07 22.10.21
Episode 7 "I still have dreams"
Life seemed promising to Heval Bozbay - until he started to criticize the Turkish minister of Culture. The young Kurdish academic was banned from all excavations. He was fired by his university and threatened by President Erdogan, the courts, islamists and right-wing nationalists. Today, from exile in Hamburg/Germany, he's stubbornly working for peace in his Kurdish homeland. And for the fulfillment of his dream of being an archaeologist.
27:44 07.10.21
Episode 6 Oppression and restrictions only foster creativity
At the 70th Berlinale Filmfest "There is no Evil" by film producer Farzad Pak and director Mohammad Rasoulof was awarded the "Golden Bear". Because he feared the wrath of the regime in Teheran, Pak decided to stay in Germany. Since then he has started a new life. His conclusion: "Trying to reform a dictatorship from the inside doesn't make sense."
28:03 25.08.21
Episode 5 - Dark times are coming back
Since she was a young woman in an Afghan refugee camp inside Pakistan, Farida Nekzad has been working for the betterment of the life of Afghan girls and women. Today the journalist runs the country's only "Protection Center for Afghan Women Journalists", where young professionals get training courses both in the arts of the writing trade and security issues. Latter is urgently needed: 20 years after 9/11 the international troops have left Afghanistan. The dreaded islamist Taliban are advancing.
26:28 13.07.21
Episode 3 "Mord hat nichts mit Demokratie zu tun!"
Seit über 30 Jahren begleitet die Journalistin Ellen Tordesillas die philippinischen Präsidenten. Unter Rodrigo Duterte ist die Lage so ernst wie nicht mehr unter dem 1986 gestürzten Diktator Ferdinand Marcos. Für die "Stimmen für die Freiheit" beschreibt sie die Lage in dem Inselstaat.
30:41 29.06.21
Episode 4 "Nobody is safe in Kashmir!"
Wem gehört Kashmir? Darüber streiten Indien und Pakistan seit Jahrzehnten. Jetzt will die Regierung in Neu Delhi Fakten schaffen. Zehntausende Soldaten kontrollieren Jammu & Kashmir. Die Wut der mehrheitlich muslimischen Kashmiri über die "Besatzer" wächst. Die Fotojournalistin Masrat Zahra dokumentiert die Gewalt - und das Leid vor allem der Frauen und Kinder in diesem Dauerkonflikt.
25:34 15.06.21
2. Episode "Ich habe getan, was ich konnte."
Wäre am 9. August des vergangenen Jahres alles mit rechten Dingen zugegangen, dann hätte Aleksandr Lukaschenko den Präsidentenpalast in Minsk räumen müssen. Und die junge Foto-Journalistin Tatsiana Tkachova hätte nicht vor den Häschern des Diktators nach Hamburg fliehen müssen. Stattdessen ist Lukaschenko seit bald 27 Jahren immer noch an der Macht – mit Hilfe des Inlandsgeheimdienstes, der – wie zu Zeiten der Sowjetunion – noch immer KGB heißt. Andererseits sind Städte wie Minsk oder Lliev vibrierende Zentren des kulturellen Widerstands. Schriftsteller laden zu nächtlichen Lesungen und Debatten in Hinterhof-Kneipen. Junge Künstler stellen in gut besuchten Untergrund-Galerien aus. In diesem Ambiente formierte sich die belarussische Zivilgesellschaft gegen eine sechste Amtsperiode Lukaschenkos. Stellvertretend für ihre inhaftierten Männer führten drei politisch unerfahrene Frauen die Opposition durch den Wahlkampf. Mit Zivilcourage, weiblicher Fantasie und Themen wie Demokratie und Freiheits- und Menschenrechten trieben sie den Präsidenten in die Ecke. Nur Kremlchef Wladimir Putin hat dem massiven Wahlbetrug applaudiert. Außer ihm glaubt bis heute niemand an die von Lukaschenko reklamierten über 80 Prozent der Stimmen. Prügelorgien seiner Sondereinheiten, Jagd- und Verhaftungsszenen und Folter bestimmen seitdem den Alltag. Es hat Tote gegeben. Von Litauen aus versucht di Oppositionsführerin Svetlana Tichanowskaja, den Kampf für die Demokratie am Leben zu halten. So wie Tichanowskaja mussten viele Belarusen fliehen. Eine von ihnen ist Tatsiana Tkatchova. Als der politische Druck auf die preisgekrönte junge Photo-Journalistin zu groß wurde, nahm sie die Einladung der Hamburger Stiftung für politisch Verfolgte an. Die Schere im Kopf, sagt Tatsiana Tkatchova, sei das grösste Problem der belarussischen Gesellschaft. „Aber ich, für mein Teil, habe getan, was ich konnte.“
20:57 18.05.21
1. Episode Ich hasse es, wenn meine Quellen ermordet werden!
Aleksei Bobrovnikov soll an der ostukrainischen Front recherchieren, ob Einheiten der Armee in Schmuggelgeschäfte und Geldwäsche verwickelt sind. Als seine Quellen ermordet werden, er selbst Morddrohungen erhält und sein Arbeitgeber ihn nicht mehr schützt, wird der preisgekrönte Journalist von der Hamburger Stiftung für politisch Verfolgte an die Elbe eingeladen. Ein emotionales Gespräch über Abschied und Verlust der Heimat, über Schuldgefühle und das Leben im Exil.
50:39 04.05.21