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Turkey’s journalists, writers and students should not be in prisons, the main opposition Republican Peoples’ Party (CHP) leader, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, has said, while further criticizing the ongoing coup plot trials.

“I call the Silivri Prison ‘Silivri Academy,’ because the number of books written by the inmates there is approaching 100,” Kılıçdaroğlu said yesterday as he visited the 31st International Istanbul Book Fair, where he also signed the books of arrested Ergenekon suspects Mustafa Balbay, Tuncay Özkan and Oda TV suspect Soner Yalçın.

Kılıçdaroğlu said books were for illuminating peoples’ minds but today authors were imprisoned for their rightful work.

“This country’s prisons should not be home to writers, intellectuals and students who demand free education,” said Kılıçdaroğlu.

“Please apply to your conscience when thinking of the Silivri case,” he said. “Such an injustice might change its direction to target you in the near future. From wherever or whomever it is coming, injustice is injustice and should be met with a collaborative resistance by the whole intelligentsia and patriots of this country.”

The books signed by Kılıçdaroğlu will be sent to the imprisoned Balbay, Özkan and Yalçın.

November/26/2012

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Turkish Sal

11/26/2012 6:06:41 PM

You know the saying: "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results." Someone get this joker out of here. Kilicdaroglu is almost worse than Faruk.

Foreigner .

11/26/2012 12:00:31 PM

@Faruk I'm not influenced by Gulen or Erdogan. Looks like you've missed the point of that saying completely. it is not relevant to a gossip, crime, slander, etc. All I'm saying is a journalist should not have an amnesty above other noble professions, just because he is a journalist, whereas on the other hand he continues to be part of a crime. And yes, I guess I'm also asking:which journalist is imprisoned in Turkey because of journalism, e.g. HDN has some of the loudest anti Government writers?

Lior Uziel

11/26/2012 11:49:38 AM

When you control the media, you control what people know, and when you do that,. you can can control them.

Faruk Beisser

11/26/2012 10:05:44 AM

Hey Foreigner, wonderful how you write Gülen/Erbakan AKP truths! At least you have realized that journalists are the worst terrorists in the world, they kill with their pens!! Everyone knows that ''the pen is mightier than the sword''!

Foreigner .

11/26/2012 9:52:24 AM

Should a doctor be in prison for malpractice? Should an engineer be in prison for wrong design or construction? So what makes a journalist more holy than these humane professions? Besides the real question is are journalists being imprisoned for journlaism or for other doing unrelated to journalism, but rather related to organized crime, coup, terrorism sponsoring?

mara mcglothin

11/26/2012 2:55:28 AM

And the CHP is just figuring this out????
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