Posts Categorised: Press

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Turkey: renowned author and activist Aslı Erdoğan imprisoned

English PEN is extremely concerned that renowned author and activist Aslı Erdoğan has been imprisoned in Turkey and reportedly faces charges of ‘membership of a terrorist organisation’ and ‘undermining national unity.’ Aslı Erdoğan, a columnist and member of Özgür Gündem’s ‘symbolic‘ advisory board, was detained following raids on both her apartment and the newspaper offices

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PEN protests closure of Özgür Gündem and targeting of journalists

According to PEN’s information, on 16 August 2016, the 8th Criminal Court of Istanbul ordered the interim closure of Özgür Gündem, accusing the newspaper of ‘continuously conducting propaganda for Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)’ and ‘acting as if it is a publication of the armed terror organisation’. This is not the first time that Özgür Gündem

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