Erdogan bans Twitter
In a desperate attempt to control corruption leaks, the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan closed Twitter in Turkey. "I don’t care what the international community says," said Erdogan earlier this week and threatened to stop Twitter. Shortly after Twitter users in Turkey faced major technical problems.
Sochi Winter Olympics Campaign: Out in the Cold
In the last 18 months, Russian lawmakers have signed a number of laws curtailing free speech and dissent. Three laws specifically place a choke hold on the right to express oneself freely, and pose a particular threat to our fellow writers, journalists and bloggers.  During the Games, PEN will be protesting the draconian restrictions placed on free expression in Russia since President Vladimir Putin returned to office in May 2012. 
Criminalization of knowledge

«I have only given a lecture in quantum physics», Celal tells the judge. «How can you make it an offense? You are criminalizing knowledge and science», he points out, not comprehending what he has become a part of.  Read William Nygaard´s and Jørgen Lorentzens eyewitness report from one of the recent mass-trials in Turkey.

Füsun Erdoğan and five other Turkish journalists get life sentences

A court in Istanbul yesterday issued a ruling in the so called MLCP case in which six journalists were sentenced to life imprisonment. Norwegian PEN ask members of the Norwegian delegation currently on a state visit to Turkey, to react sharply and raise this issue with its host.

23. November: International Day to end Impunity

When someone acts with impunity, it means that their actions have no consequences. Intimidation, threats, attacks and murders go unpunished.  In the past 10 years, more than 500 journalists have been killed. When journalists have been murdered, in 9 out of 10 cases the murderers have gone free. Countless other citizens, artists, bloggers, musicians and journalists have been harassed, threatened, tortured, intimidated, jailed and worse for exercising their basic human right to express themselves. Most crimes against free expression go unpunished.

Congratulations Deeyah!

Last year´s winner of the  Ossietzky Prize, Deeyah,  Tuesday won the prestigious Emmy award for best international TV documentary with her shocking documentary about honor killings - "Banaz - a love story." Norwegian PEN sends our congratulations.

Turkey - in fear and lawlessness
"Do we see a connection between the protests in Istanbul and Ankara, the lawsuits against the opposition and the power politics of the authorities?" asks Norwegian PEN president William Nygaard in todays article in Norwegian daily Aftenposten. The
sentences in the Ergenekon trial on 5th  August were tragic for Turkey with respect to the “rule of law”.
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