Born in Istanbul in 1960, Perihan Magden graduated in
psychology from Bosphorous University. She has written novels, poetry,
short stories and works as a journalist. Magden wrote for the Turkish
newspaper Radikal from 1997 to 2000 and was sued by the Turkish Government for an exposé on State practices. Her novel, 2 Girls (2005) was a bestseller in Turkey and achieved high acclaim in English. It was recently adapted to film.
In January 2006, Perihan Magden wrote an article in
defence of an imprisoned conscientious objector, Mehmet Tarhan. Since
then, the military authorities in Turkey had been preparing a case
against her. In her article Magden suggested that there should be
options for humanitarians other than joining the army, such as civil
service or teaching positions, quoting the view of the Council of Europe
and United Nations that conscientious objection is a human right. The
military authority has announced that it is a crime to write such
articles and that Magden should be punished with the most severe
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
On 4 December 2007, however, Perihan Magden received a
14-month suspended prison sentence under Article 125 of the Penal Cade,
because of a magazine article reporting what locals said about Aytac
Akgul, then governor of Yuksekova District. She was convicted of
insulting the governor by the Istanbul Second Penal Court.
Click here to read an article on Perihan Magden by Alev Adil.
Originally posted with the url: www.englishpen.org/writersinprison/writersinexile/perihanmagden/