Sunday, February 12, 2012

Let Zarakolu Reunite with His Books!

A petition and a support event are being organized as part of the continued efforts to free the imprisoned author and publisher Ragip Zarakolu, as well as his son. "Their indefinite detention continues in the High Security Prison in Kocaeli, without any definitive prospect of a court case in the near future," the press release for the petition reads, "Enough of the writers, teachers, students, academics, politicians behind bars! Down with a system that buries books into the depths of censorship and the press into the depths of self-censorship! Ragip is asking to be reunited with his books... We are determined to reunite him with his books." To sign the petition visit here.

In conjunction with the petition is organized a "support night" where, alongside live music, speakers, including William Nyegaard, Eugene Schoulgin, Fikret Baskaya, Ismail Besikci, Sirri Sureyya Onder, Pinar Akdemir, will take the stage. The event, which will take place at Ankara Sanat Theater on February 25 at 7 p.m., is free and open to public.