Charges against Orhan Pamuk dropped

*** To read Boyd Tonkin’s ‘From public enemy to national hero’, featured in the Independent on 16 October 2008, please click here. ***


The municipal court in Istanbul has decided to drop the charges against Orhan Pamuk. Pamuk was charged with “denigrating Turkish identity” for a comment published in a Swiss newspaper in 2005.


Click here to read the Guardian’s article on Pamuk from 23 January. 


English PEN remains deeply concerned at the ongoing trials of journalists Ismet Berkan, Murat Belge, Hasan Cemal, Erol Katircioglu and Haluk Sahin; editor Hrant Dink; and publishers Fatih Tas and Ragip Zarakolu.

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