Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Turkish officials have banned a German-language gay film festival from taking place in Ankara, suggesting terror groups could target the event.
The organizers of the event, Pink Life QueerFest Four, planned to screen four films for the festival on Nov. 16 and Nov. 17.
Although homosexuality is not illegal in Turkey, homophobia is still widespread in the country and officials in Turkey say the films "may be in conflict with the social values of the majority."
Turkish officials said the festival "may openly incite sections of the population to enmity or hatred towards another group on the basis of social class, race, religion, or sectarian or regional difference, in a manner which may present a clear and imminent danger in terms of public safety," according to humans rights organization Turkey Purge.
Ankara's governor said Turkish intelligence suggested that the event might be a target for terror organizations and the screenings might draw violent reactions.
The organizers of the event said the decision deprives them of of their constitutional rights. They added in a statement that the government was legitimizing hate speech.
In Istanbul, the gay pride parade has been banned for three years in a row.