PEN Appeal: Ragip Zarakolu

April 10, 2012 Minister of Justice Mr. Sadullah Ergin 06669 Kizilay Ankara Turkey Fax: 00 90 312 419 3370 Your Excellency, On behalf of the 3,000 members of PEN American Center, an international organization of writers… More

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

PEN Appeal: Ragip Zarakolu

November 9, 2011 Minister of Justice Mr. Sadullah Ergin 06669 Kizilay Ankara Turkey Fax: 00 90 312 419 3370 Your Excellency, On behalf of the 3,500 members of PEN American Center, an international organization of writers… 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

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