PEN America EVENT: Cracking Down on Creative Voices: Turkey’s Silencing of Writers, Intellectuals and Artists Five Years After the Failed Coup

Tuesday 6/29 | 1pm ET

Since the attempted coup d’état in 2016, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has elevated his attacks on Turkey’s civil society to unprecedented levels, becoming one of the world’s foremost persecutors of freedom of expression. PEN America’s 2020 Freedom to Write Index found that Turkey was the world’s third highest imprisoner of writers and public intellectuals.

Join PEN America, the Project on Middle East Democracy, and members of Turkey’s artistic and activist communities for a discussion on how civil society and policymakers should respond to Erdoğan’s campaign of repression. The discussion will highlight PEN America’s forthcoming report on freedom of expression in Turkey, featuring interviews from members of Turkey’s literary, artistic, and human rights communities, including renowned novelist Aslı Erdoğan. Learn more and register here.

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