May 24, 2022

PEN Publishers Circle Launches Petition in Support of 29 Publishing Houses in Turkey Ordered Closed

From PEN International:

The PEN International Publishers Circle is deeply concerned at the news that 29 publishing houses have been ordered closed since the failed coup in Turkey on 15 July 2016. According to our colleagues at the Turkish Publishers Association, the closure of these publishing houses ‘carries the risk of human rights violations, the stifling of freedom of thought and expression and also irreparable financial and moral losses’. While recognising the right of the Turkish authorities to investigate and prosecute those responsible for the failed coup, PEN International Publishers Circle call on the Turkish authorities not to use the state of emergency to restrict lawful freedom of expression and to ensure that writers and publishers are able to freely carry out their activities.”

Per Almgren – Natur & Kultur
Jonathan Beck – CH Beck
Markus Dohle – Penguin Random House
Tom Harald Jenssen – Cappelen Damm
Jonathan Landgrebe – Suhrkamp
Arnaud Nourry, Ronald Blunden – Hachette
Carolyn Reidy – Simon & Schuster
Håkan Rudels – Bonnier Books
Iris Tupholme – HarperCollins Canada
Eric Visser – World Editions / De Geus

Read the Complete PEN Publishers Circle Statement

Media Coverage

Global publishing chiefs condemn closure of Turkish presses (via The Bookseller)

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