The following message was released by the PEN Turkey Centre following the attempted coup of July 15, 2016.
After the bloody coup attempt in Turkey on July 15th, (which was stopped by the army, police, political parties and people) a state of emergency was declared. A number of journalists and authors have been detained in relation to it, which limits the freedom of expression and communication. Thus accusations and clues must be shared with the public. Otherwise, distrust to judiciary will grow. Albert Camus said: “Free press may be good or bad; but unfree press is definitely bad.” In a time when the sense of justice needs to be reconstructed, we find it our duty to re-emphasise our approach to the public.
PEN Turkey Centre