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Turkish Publisher Ragip Zarakolu Arrested

Belge Publishing House director Ragip Zarakolu was arrested on October 28th. Zarakolu, a member of the Turkish PEN Center, has been targeted by the Turkish government for his refusal to yield to their censorship laws.

His legal battles began when he launched the publishing house in 1977 with his wife, Ayse Nur. They published books by political prisoners and nonfiction titles about the Armenian genocide. Larry Siems, director of the Freedom to Write program at the PEN American Center, declared the organization’s mounting concern over “a disturbing acceleration of violations of the rights of Turkish and Kurdish activists, writers, and scholars.”

Here’s more from the release: “Turkish authorities have arrested up to 1,000 scholars, writers, publishers, and rights advocates during a two-year crackdown targeting activists who focus on Kurdish issues. This list of those arrested Friday also includes Büşra Ersanlı, a constitutional law expert and a member of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP). Zarakolu’s son, Deniz Zarakolu, who is an editor at Belge Publishing House and a Ph.D. student at Bilgi University, was arrested on October 4. It is unclear whether charges have been filed against any of those arrested in Friday’s roundup.”

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Vietnamese Publisher Bui Chat Arrested & Released

Vietnamese publisher Bui Chat has been arrested and released after receiving the Freedom to Publish Award from the International Publishers Association (IPA). According to the IPA (PDF link), the Giay Vun Publishing House publisher “remains under surveillance and subject to continuing interrogation by the authorities in Vietnam.”

Giay Vun co-founder and poet Ly Doi also faced interrogation (PDF link). Both Chat and Doi have been evicted from their apartment building under pressure from authorities.

Here’s more from the IPA: “Chat was taken to his home on 1 May following his return from receiving the award in Buenos Aires. At that time the authorities searched throughout his home, then told Bui Chat to pack some clothes and proceeded with a preliminary detention order. The location of his detention had not been disclosed to his family. Bui Chat may face up to 12 months under Vietnamese criminal law before an official charge needs to be laid.”