PEN International Turkey: Ayşe Düzkan freed

Turkey: Ayşe Düzkan freed    

Ayşe Düzkan standing outside the Istanbul Prosecutor’s Office on 29 January 2019

PEN International welcomes the release of Turkish writer, journalist and publisher Ayşe Düzkan, who was serving an 18-month prison sentence for ‘making propaganda for a terrorist organisation’. Düzkan was imprisoned for taking part in a solidarity campaign in 2016 with the now-closed pro-Kurdish daily Özgür Gündem. She was sent to Bakırköy prison in Istanbul on 29 January 2019 and conditionally released on 11 June 2019.

Ayşe Düzkan’s sentence is a stark reminder of the continuing assault on freedom of expression in Turkey, and the immense risk that many journalists face for simply doing their jobs. PEN International urges the Turkish authorities to drop all charges against the journalists, writers and activists who remain on trial for their involvement in the Özgür Gündem solidarity campaign, and to release those who have been sent to jail immediately and unconditionally.

PEN International thanks all those who sent appeals. For more information about our work on Turkey, please visit our website.

Best wishes,

Aurélia Dondo 

Europe Programme Coordinator | PEN International

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