Day of the Imprisoned Writer

Today marks the 30th annual Day of the Imprisoned Writer, a yearly commemoration of writers around the world who have been imprisoned, harassed, or even silenced completely by death.… More

Turkish PEN’s Ragip Zarakolu Sends Open Letter from Prison

[caption id="attachment_5666" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Ragip Zarakolu in Oslo"][/caption] Earlier this week, PEN reported that publisher, writer, rights advocate, and leading Turkish PEN Member Ragip Zarakolu was arrested in a roundup… More

Zarakolu Deserves the Nobel Prize, not Prison

The arrest of publisher Ragıp Zarakolu provoked international criticism. The International Publishers Association and PEN International criticized the arrest their announcements. Zarakolu deserved the Nobel Prize instead of prison,… More

Turkish publisher arrested — here’s why

Kwame Anthony Appiah, the President of PEN American Center, said yesterday that the arrest was “a disturbing sign of a decline in the climate for free expression in Turkey… More

Turkish publisher’s arrest sparks outcry

Ragip Zarakolu, founder and director of the Turkish publishing house Belge, was among more than 40 activists detained Friday in Istanbul. Belge has published Turkish editions of books that… More

Turkish Publisher Ragip Zarakolu Arrested

Belge Publishing House director Ragip Zarakolu was arrested on October 28th. Zarakolu, a member of the Turkish PEN Center, has been targeted by the Turkish government for his refusal… More