Tag Archives: Pen

PEN’s work on Turkey: An action in support of Zeynep Ceren Kuray

PEN, founded in the early Twentieth Century, counts itself as the “world’s oldest human rights organization.”  Among its early members were H.G. Wells, George Bernard Shaw, and Joseph Conrad.  Today, it is one of the leading advocates for writers and … Continue reading

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Top PEN prize Ayşe Berktay

PEN America has awarded Ayşe Berktay its most prestigious award this year, the PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award. The award, which “honors international writers who have been persecuted or imprisoned for exercising or defending the right to freedom of expression” … Continue reading

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Breaking news: Fazil Say Receives 10 month suspended sentence (updated)

In a case that has been condemned by PEN, Amnesty International, and others, classical music luminary, Fazil Say, has been convicted and sentenced to a ten-month suspended sentence for tweeting messages that were perceived as insulting to Islam.  Say has … Continue reading

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English PEN “welcomes” Turkish Minister of Culture

In an open letter to Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism, Ömer Çelik, English PEN welcomes him to the 2013 London Book Fair, at which Turkey will be a “market focus.”  PEN notes with regret, however, that this celebration of … Continue reading

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Repost: Why is Turkey Prosecuting Yet Another Artist?

It is a cold winter for freedom of expression in Turkey. Thousands are in prison or in pre-trial detention under Turkey’s bloated anti-terrorism laws, including nearly three thousand students. Artists have been targeted as well. Five members of the protest … Continue reading

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Kafka in Turkish: The Pınar Selek Trial

Pınar Selek is on trial again. For a decade and a half, Pınar Selek’s life has been at the mercy of the Turkish courts.  Accused of involvement in a 1998 bombing at the Egyptian Bazaar, Selek has been acquitted three … Continue reading

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