Writers in Prison Committee
On the occasion of International Women’s Day on
A number of Turkish writers face increasing threats to their life in the aftermath of Hrant Dink’s murder. One of these is Perihan Mağden, who has been targeted for her journalistic opintions, such as her defense of the right to conscientious objection, as recognized by the United Nations. In April 2006, a warrant for her arrest was issued and Magden was charged with turning people against military service. She faced up to three years in prison. On 27 July 2006, Magden was tried and acquitted, but continues to be threatened because of her work.
Ethiopian journalist Serkalem Fasil has been detained since November 2005, one of 20 journalists who were arrested after the publication of articles critical of the parliamentary elections in 2005. Held in the Katili prison, Fasil was forced to give birth to her premature son in a prison hospital, where he failed to receive proper care. There are some serious concerns over the conditions under which Fasil is detained.
Tunisian Naziha Rjiba suffers relentless harassment because of her writings on the internet and the opinions she expresses on satellite TV. Rjiba is the editor of the Arabic language section of the on-line magazine Kalima, a human rights activist and the vice president of the Observatory for the Freedom of Press, Publishing and Creation in
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