During the past year, PEN has monitored over 60 cases of Turkish writers, journalists and publishers who were brought before the courts or prosecuted for their writings. Although the trials have not ended with long prison terms, acquittals are not assured, and the result is often fines and suspended sentences. Judicial harrassment is now used to silence criticism of the Turkish state.
Next month, another Turkish writer is on trial:
Perihan Magden, honorary member of English PEN, is charged with ‘alienating the people from military service’ for an article she wrote in defence of an imprisoned conscientious objector, Mehmet Tarhan. She faces three years’ imprisonment if convicted. Her trial is scheduled for 27 July 2006.
Please write appeals calling for the charges against Perihan Magden to be dropped to:
Prime Minister Racep Tayyip Erdogan
Fax: 00 90 312 417 0476
Originally posted with the url: www.englishpen.org/writersinprison/prisoners/perihanmagden/