Turkey’s writers call for an end of ‘attack on free thought’ and freedom for Aslı Erdoğan


asli119 August 2016 – A group of more than 100 writers from Turkey have released a statement calling on Turkish authorities to end its increasing crackdown on freedom of expression and Human rights in the country. The group called on Turkish authorities to free renowned novelist, columnist, human rights activist and PEN member,  Aslı Erdoğan who was arrested on 17 August, following a police raid on her apartment. Her arrest comes alongside more than 20 other journalists and employees from Özgür Gündem newspaper, a pro-Kurdish opposition daily, which was shut down by decree as part of the state of emergency in the country following the failed coup of 15 July 2016.

PEN is calling for the release of all writers and journalists in Turkey who are held solely in connection with their peaceful free expression. Take action and sign our petition here.

Free Thought Can Not Be Silenced!

Aslı Erdoğan Is Not Alone!

Having survived a coup attempt, Turkey is now drifting towards a new oppressive regime. Journalists, academics and writers are being sacked, arrested, and exposed to torture.

One of the latest targets is the author Aslı Erdoğan.

The oppression aimed at silencing her voice is an attack on free thought.

We are reclaiming that voice.

It is not the authors but the politicians who need to make a choice.

Will they live with oppression and persecution, or will they choose democracy and fraternity?

We will always stand up for fraternity and peace, and we will keep on expressing our free thoughts.

Ali Arda
Ahmet Coşkun
Ahmet Güneş
Ahmet İnsel
Ali Aydemir
Ali Murat İrat
Ali Özgür Özkarcı
Altay Öktem
Anıl Mert Özsoy
Anıl Nişancalı
Aslı Tohumcu
Asuman Kafaoğlu-Büke
Asuman Susam
Ata Egemen Çakıl
Aydın Engin
Ayfer Tunç
Ayşegül Tözeren
Barış Özkul
Belma Fırat
Bora Abdo
Buket Uzuner
Burhan Sönmez
Hakkı Zariç
Can Dündar
Cevat Çapan
Cihat Duman
Çağlayan Çevik
Çiğdem Mater
Defne Suman
Deniz Durukan
Deniz Faruk Zeren
Deniz Tunç
Dinçer Güçyeter
Doğan Yarıcı
Doğu Yücel
Doğuş Sarpkaya
Elçin Poyrazlar
Elif Şafak
Enver Ercan
Eray Aytimur
Ercan Kesal
Ercan Mehmet Erdem
Erdoğan Zamur
Eylem Ata
Eyüp Burç
Fergun Özelli
Feryal Saygılıgil
Fırat Pürselim
Figen Öcal
Figen Şakacı
Filiz Özdem
Firuze Engin
Gaye Boralıoğlu
Gerrit Wutsmann
Gonca Özmen
Gönül Kıvılcım
Gunvald A. İms
Gürsel Korat
Hakan Bıçakçı
Hasan Özkılıç
Hasan Sever
Haydar Ergülen
Hayri K. Yetik
Hikmet Hükümenoğlu
Hüseyin Bul
Hüsnü Arkan
Irmak Zileli
İbrahim Adıgüzel
İmre Török
İnci Aydın Çolak
İsahag Uygar Eskiciyan
İsmail Mert Başat
İsmail Pelit
Jale Sancak
Kemal Gökhan Gürses
Kerem Görkem
Koray Löker
Lal Laleş
Levent Cantek
Mehmet Bilal Dede
Mehmet Said Aydın
Mehmet Zaman Saçlıoğlu
Melih Ergen
Meltem Gürle
Menekşe Toprak
Meryem Coşkunca
Metin Avdaç
Michael Gratz
Mine Soysal
Murat Belge
Murat Meriç
Murat Özyaşar
Murat Sayan
Murat Şevki Çoban
Murat Uyurkulak
Murathan Mungan
Musa Yazıcı
Mustafa Orman
Müge İplikçi
Müslüm Yücel
Namık Kuyumcu
Nermin Yıldırım
Neslihan Önderoğlu
Neşe Yaşın
Nurdan Gürbilek
Osman Çakmakçı
Oya Baydar
Ömer Laçiner
Ömer Türkeş
Önder Birol Bıyık
Özgen Seçkin
Özgür Ovacık
Sabine Adatepe
Schirin Nowrousian
Selçuk Erez
Selim Temo
Sema Kaygusuz
Semih Gümüş
Seray Şahiner
Serkan Türk
Sevim Korkmaz Dinç
Sibel Oral
Sibel Öz
Simla Sunay
Sine Ergün
Suna Aras
Suzan Geridönmez
Şener Özmen
Şeyhmus Diken
Tamer Öncül
Tayfun Pirselimoğlu
Tekgül Arı
Türker Ayyıldız
Utku Özmakas
Ümit Kıvanç
Ümit Yaşar Işıkhan
Vecdi Erbay
Vedat Özdemiroğlu
Yalçın Tosun
Yasemin Yazıcı
Yavuz Ekinci
Yetvart Danzikyan
Yılmaz Varol
Yiğit Bener
Yusuf Yeşilöz
Zeynep Uzunbay

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