Zehra Doğan, an artist and award-winning journalist from Turkey, is the subject of our appeal this issue. PEN International, which campaigns for freedom of expression, considers her imprisonment – last March she was jailed for a total of two years, nine months and 22 days – a violation of her right to freedom of expression as an artist and a journalist, and has called for her immediate and unconditional release.

Doğan was convicted on charges of “propagandising for a terrorist organisation” in a painting, in a news article and in her social media activity. The painting was her recreation ...


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