Writer and Human Rights Lawyer Detained

On December 24, 2009, human rights lawyer, writer and PEN Turkey member Muharrem Erbey was arrested in Diyabakir, southeastern Turkey. Two weeks later, he remains in prison awaiting trial. More

PEN, Publishers Decry Conviction of Ragip Zarakolu in Turkey

PEN American Center and the International Freedom to Publish Committee of the Association of American Publishers today denounced the “clearly wrongful” and “anachronistic and discouraging” conviction of Turkish publisher… More

Pamuk Prosecutor Arrested, Charged in Plot

Kemal Kerincsiz, the lawyer who tried to prosecute Orhan Pamuk, Hrant Dink, Elif Shafak, and several other writers for “insulting Turkishness,” has been arrested with 32 others following an… More

The Murder of Hrant Dink

ISTANBUL—"I feel like a pigeon," Hrant Dink wrote in his last article. "Like a pigeon I wander uneasily amidst this city, watching my back constantly, so timid and yet,… More

Call for a Repeal of Article 301 in Turkey

In June 2005, following discussions about Turkey's possible ascension to the European Council, the Turkish government enacted a new penal code. Since its instatement over a year ago, the… More

Day of the Imprisoned Writer

The Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN is marking the 26th Writers in Prison Day 2006 (November 15) with a campaign in defense of nearly 100 writers and… More

Turkish writer wins Nobel Prize in Literature

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP)--Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk, whose uncommon lyrical gifts and uncompromising politics have brought him acclaim worldwide and prosecution at home, won the Nobel literature prize Thursday for… More