2012 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee publisher Ragıp Zarakolu spent close to 6 months in a F-type high security prison between 1 Nov. 2011 and 10 April 2012. The prosecutor has demanded between 7.5 and 15 years in prison for Ragıp. This IPA Freedom to Publish Committee blog aims at shedding light on his case and urges the Turkish authorities to drop all charges against him.
For Ragıp Zarakolu:
Ragıp, you have had the courage to concentrate on the truth at a time when many publishers are concentrating only on money. It makes us sad that you have lost your freedom when others in our industry are careless of theirs. We send you our love and support and hope you will be released soon. SCOTTISH PEN.
“My Friend Ragıp” by Eugene Schoulgin, VP, PEN International
For Büşra Ersanlı:
“Why a Hostage?” by Emel Anıl
“My Friend Büşra” by Ipek Çalışlar