Tag Archives: PEN International

The Pinar Selek Case: The “Ground Hog Day Prosecution”

One of the great romantic comedies of my youth was Groundhog Day, the story of a misanthrope news reporter doomed to repeat the same awful day over and over again until he got it right. The news today that a … Continue reading

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PEN Report on Freedom of Expression after Gezi

Pen International issued a report this week calling attention to escalating restrictions on journalists and writers in Turkey, particularly after the crackdown on the Gezi Protests last June. The excessive use of police force, as well as widespread media censorship … Continue reading

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Muharrem Erbey: Another Victim of Turkey’s Anti-Terror Laws.

On January 8, PEN International issued a “call to action” on behalf of Muharrem Erbrey, a writer, lawyer, and human rights activist in Diyarbakir.  Erbrey has been in prison now for over 4 years, charged with violating Turkey’s notorious anti-terror … Continue reading

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PEN International speaks out on freedom of expression in Turkey

PEN International, in conjunction with the Turkish Publishers Association and the Writers’ Union of Turkey, made a declaration earlier this week to call attention to the dire state of freedom of expression in Turkey. In a message of solidarity, John … Continue reading

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English PEN calls for charges against Ahmet Şık to be dropped

With the anniversary of Ahmet Şık’s release pending trial English PEN has called for charges against him to be dropped and initiated a letter-writing campaign on his behalf. You can find out more about the case and how to take … Continue reading

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Prosecutor Targets Freedom Advocates (again)

Given Turkey’s propensity for targeting human rights advocates (and their lawyers!), it probably should come as no surprise that the Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s office has launched an investigation against PEN International’s board in TURKEY. Their apparent crime? Speaking out in … Continue reading

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