New PEN Report Highlights Turkey's Free Expression Issues

PEN America has released a new report, "Cracking Down on Creative Voices: Turkey’s Silencing of Writers, Intellectuals, and Artists Five Years After the Failed Coup," detailing the threat to freedom of expression in Turkey, which the organization calls "the third-worst jailer of writers globally." The report comes five years after a coup attempt in Turkey against the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The report found that, since the 2016 coup attempt, 29 publishing houses have been closed, and more than 135,000 books have been banned from Turkish public libraries, in addition to other crackdowns.

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