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PEN America Welcomes Release of Turkish Musician

"Grup Yorum has faced years of persecution at the hands of the Turkish government, which has fallaciously accused members of terrorism for merely making music and has repeatedly raided… More

Ali Aracı Grup Yorum

Aracı is a member of activist collective and band Grup Yorum. The band's music has angered Turkish authorities and members have faced serious threats. Arrested June 19, 2019, a… More

Mehmet Baransu

Baransu has been detained since March 2015 for his reporting on an alleged coup attempt that referenced leaked military documents. He faces charges in at least four distinct court… More

Writers at Risk Database

Gökçe Fırat Çulhaoğlu

Çulhaoğlu is a prolific author and lead columnist for political publication Türk Solu. His writing and tweets served as evidence of terrorism charges, leading to an over 6-year prison… More

Ahmet and Mehmet Altan

Ahmet and Mehmet Altan | Status: Released | Turkey

Ahmet and Mehmet Altan were arrested in September 2016, as part of a wave of arrests of thinkers, writers, and journalists following the 2016 failed coup. More

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