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Join the protest for Turkey’s imprisoned writers
23 September 2016, 2:00 pm—3:00 pm
On Friday 23 September, English PEN and Index on Censorship will be holding a protest at the Turkish Embassy in London to show our support for the many writers and free-thinkers who have been detained following July’s attempted coup.
We will be calling on the Turkish authorities to release academic Mehmet Altan and for all charges against him and his brother, novelist and editor Ahmet Altan, to be dropped. We also plan to deliver a letter signed by more than 300 leading writers and artists from across the globe, including PEN Pinter winners Margaret Atwood, Lydia Cacho, David Hare, Hanif Kureishi and Roberto Saviano, in support of Ahmet and Mehmet Altan and the many other writers currently in detention.
PEN will also be highlighting the cases of other writers in detention including the novelist and PEN member Aslı Erdoğan and leading linguist Necmiye Alpay, both of whom are facing terror charges as a part of an ongoing investigation into closed daily Özgür Gündem.
The protest will also highlight the case of teacher Ayşe Çelik and her co-defendants, as part of a global action coordinated by IFEX in association with Initiative for Freedom of Expression – Turkey. Çelik faces charges of ‘promoting terrorist organisation propaganda’ for comments made on the Turkish television program Beyaz Show. The protest will coincide with her first hearing, alongside 31 others.
The vigil will take place between 2-3pm on Friday 23 September: please join us if you can.
Embassy of Turkey
43 Belgrave Square
If you’re unable to join us you can still show your support for writers detained in Turkey. Simply download one of the images below and share a photo on social media.
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