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Turkey: PEN and Global Organisations Deplore Block of Özgürüz and Can Dündar Harassment

Turkey: PEN and Global Organisations Deplore Block of Özgürüz and Can Dündar Harassment

By | June 29, 2020 at 5:52 pm

PEN International and 38 civil society organisations deplore the decision by a Turkish court to ban access to Germany-based online radio station Özgürüz (‘We Are Free’), which is headed by Can Dündar. We call on the Turkish authorities to reverse the decision, to stop the harassment of Dündar and to reform the country’s laws and judicial practice […]

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Turkey: Immediately Release Political Prisoners

Turkey: Immediately Release Political Prisoners

By | June 25, 2020 at 11:04 am

PEN International, English PEN and Turkish PEN joined the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights and five other international human rights organizations in calling on the international community to take action and pressure Turkey to release tens of thousands of political prisoners who have been deliberately left out of COVID-19 prison releases: Amidst this pandemic, […]

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Turkey: PEN Joins Call for Greater Transparency from Turkey’s Public Ad Agency

Turkey: PEN Joins Call for Greater Transparency from Turkey’s Public Ad Agency

By | June 9, 2020 at 10:21 am

Today, PEN International, Danish PEN, English PEN, German PEN, Norwegian PEN, PEN America, PEN Canada, Swedish PEN and PEN Turkey joined the International Press Institute (IPI) and 10 other international press freedom and freedom of expression groups in a joint public letter sent to the General Director of Turkey’s Public Advertising Agency (BIK), which is […]

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Turkey: 24 Groups Call on Authorities to Release Those Detained and at Risk of COVID-19

Turkey: 24 Groups Call on Authorities to Release Those Detained and at Risk of COVID-19

By | April 21, 2020 at 12:27 pm

In the early hours of Tuesday, April 14 the Turkish Parliament passed a law that will lead to the release of up to 90,000 prisoners. However, it excludes scores of journalists, human rights defenders, politicians, lawyers and others arbitrarily detained pending trial or serving sentences following unfair trials under Turkey’s overly broad anti-terrorism laws that […]

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Turkey: Rights Groups Call for Release of Imprisoned Journalists at Risk of COVID-19

Turkey: Rights Groups Call for Release of Imprisoned Journalists at Risk of COVID-19

By | April 3, 2020 at 12:27 pm

Amid growing concerns over the spread of COVID-19 in prisons, the Turkish government is accelerating the preparation of a draft law that will reportedly release up to 100,000 prisoners. This is a welcome step. Overcrowding and unsanitary facilities already pose a serious health threat to Turkey’s prison population of nearly 300,000 prisoners and about tens […]

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Turkey: Cruel New Charges Against Osman Kavala Must be Dropped

Turkey: Cruel New Charges Against Osman Kavala Must be Dropped

By | February 21, 2020 at 11:40 am

Norwegian PEN, PEN International and ARTICLE 19 condemn the cruel decision to open a new criminal investigation against civil society leader and publisher Osman Kavala, immediately after his acquittal in the ‘Gezi Park’ trial yesterday. The European Court of Human Rights has previously found that his 928-day arbitrary detention violated his right to freedom of […]

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Turkey: Aslı Erdoğan and Necmiye Alpay Acquitted

Turkey: Aslı Erdoğan and Necmiye Alpay Acquitted

By | February 19, 2020 at 2:52 pm

Responding to the news that award-winning writer Aslı Erdoğan and renowned linguist Necmiye Alpay were acquitted of terror-related charges by an Istanbul court earlier today, Salil Tripathi, Chair of PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee said: ‘We, the PEN community, are delighted with the wonderful news today from Turkey, which is all too rare: we celebrate the […]

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PEN Belgium/Flanders stands in solidarity with Ahmet Altan

PEN Belgium/Flanders stands in solidarity with Ahmet Altan

By | February 14, 2020 at 11:30 am

Last December PEN Belgium/Flanders held a marathon reading of imprisoned author Ahmet Altan’s novel Ik zal de wereld nooit meer zien (I will never see the world again). 30 well-known Flemish writers stood in solidarity with Altan, reading the novel in its entirety. Altan remains in Silviri prison, where he is serving a 10-and-a-half year prison sentence. PEN Belgium/Flanders […]

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Turkey: Acclaimed Writer Aslı Erdoğan Facing Lengthy Prison Sentence in Impending Verdict

Turkey: Acclaimed Writer Aslı Erdoğan Facing Lengthy Prison Sentence in Impending Verdict

By | February 7, 2020 at 11:50 am

The Turkish authorities must drop all charges against award-winning writer Aslı Erdoğan, who faces up to nine years and four months in prison for her writings, PEN International said today, ahead of an expected verdict on February 14 2020. Aslı Erdoğan was detained in August 2016 following a police raid on her apartment. She was […]

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Önder Deligöz: Fiction, Feelings and Freedom

Önder Deligöz: Fiction, Feelings and Freedom

By | December 17, 2019 at 11:05 am

In the fall of 2019, PEN Canada collaborated with Ryerson’s Community Engaged Learning & Teaching (CELT) initiative and Literatures of Modernity graduate program in the Faculty of Arts to bring members of our Writers-in-Exile network into the classroom.

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