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PEN Publishers Circle Petition in Support of Turkish Colleagues

Wednesday 17 August 2016 - 1:00am

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"The PEN International Publishers Circle is deeply concerned at the news that 29 publishing houses have been ordered closed since the failed coup in Turkey on 15 July 2016. According to our colleagues at the Turkish Publishers Association, the closure of these publishing houses 'carries the risk of human rights violations, the stifling of freedom of thought and expression and also irreparable financial and moral losses'. While recognising the right of the Turkish authorities to investigate and prosecute those responsible for the failed coup, PEN International Publishers Circle call on the Turkish authorities not to use the state of emergency to restrict lawful freedom of expression and to ensure that writers and publishers are able to freely carry out their activities."

Per Almgren – Natur & Kultur
Kristina Ahlinder, Eva Gedin - Swedish Publishers’ Association
Jonathan Beck – CH Beck
Jeremy Boraine - Jonathan Ball Publishers
Neil Burden - Child’s Play International
Markus Dohle – Penguin Random House
Tom Harald Jenssen – Cappelen Damm
Dag Hernried - Alfabeta Bokförlag/Publishers
Jonathan Landgrebe – Suhrkamp
Alfieri Lorenzon – Italian Publishers Association
Hannah MacDonald – September Publishing
Henri Mojon - Les Editions du Net
Terry Morris - Pan Macmillan South Africa
Arnaud Nourry, Ronald Blunden – Hachette
Mpuka Radinku – Publishers’ Association of South Africa
Carolyn Reidy – Simon & Schuster
Håkan Rudels – Bonnier Books
Reinhilde Ruprecht – Edition Ruprecht
Otto Sjöberg - Norstedts
Iris Tupholme – HarperCollins Canada
Eric Visser – World Editions/De Geus

"Along with a free press, the breadth and diversity of a country’s publishing scene is a mark of its tolerance and intellectual strength. PEN is increasingly alarmed at recent events in Turkey, as are our Publishers Circle who have made this statement for their Turkish colleagues. We hope many other publishers will pledge their support.”
– Jennifer Clement, President, PEN International

If you are a publishing house and would like to add your name to the petition, please contact James Tennant, PEN International’s Literature & Partnerships Manager, before end of day on Tuesday August 23:

Tomorrow evening, Thursday 18 August 2016, at the The Marmara Taksim Hotel, Istanbul, PEN International, represented by its local centre, PEN Turkey will receive the Turkish Journalists’ Association’s (TGC) annual ‘Press Freedom Prize’ in recognition of 'the unique solidarity unparalleled in the past […] showed against the assaults on press freedom in Turkey, for efforts to bring to international platforms the violation of rights and for instilling in their Turkish colleagues the feeling that they are not alone.' PEN International had been selected as one of a coalition of 10 international organisations to be given this prestigious award.


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