The discussion after the screening was equally riveting, with both Can and Anabel calling out western governments for tolerating and profiting from criminal structures elsewhere. And they know what they’re talking about: after he uncovered illegal Turkish arms shipments to Syria in 2015, Can Dündar was branded a terrorist by the Erdogan regime, imprisoned and put on trial for espionage and treason. After an attempt was made on his life during the trial he fled to Germany in 2016. He now faces 27 years in prison should he ever return to Turkey, but continues to criticise oppression in his homeland and promote freedom of speech from exile.
Anabel’s relentless research over more than 20 years has also afforded her some close calls. Visibly moved by the screening, she remarked how lucky she is to still be alive, while so many of her colleagues in Mexico have been murdered. She therefore sees it as her duty to expose the truth. A memorable evening with two journalists whose courage and commitment to their work are awe-inspiring.