- It was an obvious choice to devote this edition of the Dissident Blog to Turkey. The dismantling of freedom of expression in Turkey is shocking, not only the extent of it, but also the speed of events. Elisabeth Åsbrink, President of Swedish PEN.
Read the Turkey issue of the Dissident Blog
In this issue of the Dissident Blog, there is a text about opposition by Sema Kaygusuz, writer of the acclaimed collection of short stories, The well of trapped words.
There is investigative journalist Ahmet Şık's speech from the trial against him - he who wrote a critical book about the Gülen movement and now is accused of supporting it.
There is the publicist Can Dündar's analysis of Turkey, from his exile in Berlin, as well as a review of how women's legal situation deteriorated under Erdoğan's regime by laywer Nazan Moroğlu, among other texts.
The Dissident blog also follows up the complaint filed by five Swedish lawmakers where President Erdoğans is accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. It became world-wide news in July earlier this year - but then what happened?
The Turkish strategy is to get the EU to halt the membership negotiations and thereby become the responsible part for closing the door to Europe, Elisabeth Åsbrink writes in her editorial.
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