19 August 2016 - A group of more than 100 writers from Turkey have released a statement calling on Turkish authorities to end its increasing crackdown on freedom of expression and Human rights in the country. The group called on Turkish authorities to free renowned novelist, columnist, human rights activist and PEN member, Aslı Erdoğan who was arrested on 17 August, following a police raid on her apartment. Her arrest comes alongside more than 20 other journalists and employees from Özgür Gündem newspaper, a pro-Kurdish opposition daily, which was shut down by decree as part of the state of emergency in the country following the failed coup of 15 July 2016.
PEN is calling for the release of all writers and journalists in Turkey who are held solely in connection with their peaceful free expression. Take action and sign our petition here.
Free Thought Can Not Be Silenced!
Aslı Erdoğan Is Not Alone!
Having survived a coup attempt, Turkey is now drifting towards a new oppressive regime. Journalists, academics and writers are being sacked, arrested, and exposed to torture.
One of the latest targets is the author Aslı Erdoğan.
The oppression aimed at silencing her voice is an attack on free thought.
We are reclaiming that voice.
It is not the authors but the politicians who need to make a choice.
Will they live with oppression and persecution, or will they choose democracy and fraternity?
We will always stand up for fraternity and peace, and we will keep on expressing our free thoughts.
Ali Murat İrat
Ali Özgür Özkarcı
Anıl Mert Özsoy
Ata Egemen Çakıl
Deniz Faruk Zeren
Ercan Mehmet Erdem
Gunvald A. İms
Hayri K. Yetik
İnci Aydın Çolak
İsahag Uygar Eskiciyan
İsmail Mert Başat
Kemal Gökhan Gürses
Mehmet Bilal Dede
Mehmet Said Aydın
Mehmet Zaman Saçlıoğlu
Murat Şevki Çoban
Önder Birol Bıyık
Sevim Korkmaz Dinç
Ümit Yaşar Işıkhan
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