Monday, 27 May 2013
FOR PRISONERS OF CONSCIENCE
May justice prevail today as writers, publishers, journalists and students go on trial again in Turkey.
Professor Busra Ersanli, translator and women's rights campaigner Ayse Berktay, publisher and Nobel peace prize nominee Rajip Zarakolu and student Deniz Zarakolu are amongst many others who face long prison sentences if convicted for speaking out against injustice. Pen International, English Pen www.englishpen.org have been campaigning on their behalf for nearly two years during which time many have been held in detention.
My piece for 'Maggs Between the Covers' was made to highlight the plight of prisoners of conscience throughout the world and the humanitarian work of organisations such as English Pen. To give support to writers at risk you can sign up to their rapid action network by visiting their website www.englishpen.org