The Norwegian Writers Association's Freedom of Expression Award has just been awarded to Aslı Erdogan – who, more than any other author, has become the symbol of the catastrophic development in today's Turkey. She refuses to bow despite persistent harassment, persecution and imprisonment, and still insists that the only solution for lasting peace is through reconciliation.
Aslı Erdogan has the same surname as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but the similarities stop there. Her writing is large and controversial. From 1998 to 2000, she had her own column in the major Turkish newspaper Radikal, der hun tok opp temaer som tortur, fengsling, kvinnemishandling og kurdernes kamp for rettigheter. Etter kuppforsøket 15. juli 2016 arresterte Tyrkia cirka 100 000 mennesker, hvorav mange forfattere, journalister og akademikere; Erdogan . . .
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