Posts Categorised: Press


Turkey: State of emergency provisions violate human rights and should be revoked

We, the undersigned organisations, recognise that the Turkish government has the right and responsibility to investigate the violent events of the July 2016 coup attempt and to bring all those responsible to justice.  We also recognise that the immediate aftermath of the attempted coup is the type of exceptional circumstance in which a government could

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Turkey: Cemil Uğur arrested on terror charges

PEN is seriously concerned that Evrensel Daily reporter Cemil Uğur has been detained on charges of ‘being a member of a terror organisation’ (Article 314/2 of the Penal Code) and ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ (Article 220) and calls for his immediate and unconditional release. Correspondent Cemil Uğur was initially detained on 23 August 2016,

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Turkey: writers and translators call for release of leading linguist Necmiye Alpay

English PEN and our Writers in Translation Committee are proud to join colleagues from PEN America, PEN International, PEN Turkey and CEATL Bekir Bozdağ, Minister of Justice, Turkey CC: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey Dear Minister Bozdağ: We the undersigned translators, writers, editors, publishers, journalists, bloggers, artists, and free expression advocates around the world,

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In memory of Richard McKane

English PEN was deeply saddened by the death of the poet and translator Richard McKane, a hugely dedicated member of PEN. Here fellow PEN members and staff pay tribute to a dear friend who will be greatly missed.  Moris Farhi, writer and Vice President of PEN International, mourns his beloved friend: I hereby stand witness

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