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Col­league and friend Ned­im Tür­fent con­tin­ues send­ing us his texts and poems so we can share them with you.

How­ev­er, we will not attempt to trans­pose into Eng­lish the French ver­sion of his poem ini­tial­ly writ­ten in Turk­ish and illus­trat­ed by his co-detainee and com­rade, Abdul­ga­fur Anlı. We do wish to share some news about him nonetheless.

* If you are an expe­ri­enced lit­er­ary trans­la­tor and can trans­late Ned­im’s poem from Turk­ish into Eng­lish, in sol­i­dar­i­ty, we will be hap­py to share it with the public.

The Turk­ish Court of Cas­sa­tion hav­ing con­firmed the ver­dict on Octo­ber 9 2019, Ned­im Tür­fent, a jour­nal­ist from the DIHA agency, is cur­rent­ly purg­ing a sen­tence of 8 years and 9 months impris­on­ment. He was sen­tenced for made up facts of pur­port­ed ter­ror, fol­low­ing an inequitable tri­al dur­ing which dozens of wit­ness­es declared they had been tor­tured in order to make state­ments against him. He spent close to two years in atro­cious con­di­tions of iso­la­tion. Deter­mined to keep on writ­ing, he con­tin­ues com­pos­ing poems dur­ing his cap­tiv­i­ty such as this one in which he express­es the full mean­ing of dream­ing as the attrac­tion to the even­tu­al­i­ty that love will come about in this life.

MLSA, IPI and PEN Inter­na­tion­al sup­port Ned­im, demand­ing his imme­di­a­tion lib­er­a­tion and a sol­i­dar­i­ty cam­paign is under­way. You can also pro­vide sup­port, for exam­ple, by sign­ing this peti­tion in French or this one in Eng­lish.

Ned­im Türfent
Van Yük­sek Güven­lik­li Kapalı Ceza İnf­az Kurumu

You will find address­es for oth­er pris­on­ers HERE.

Illus­tra­tion : Abdul­ga­fur Anlı

nedim turfent

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Nedim Türfent
Auteur, mem­bre d’hon­neur de Kedistan 
Jour­nal­iste, cor­re­spon­dant de DIHA, empris­on­né du 2016 au 29 novem­bre 2022. Mem­bre hon­ori­fique du Eng­lish PEN. Jour­nal­ist, DIHA cor­re­spon­dent, impris­oned from 2016 to Novem­ber 29, 2022. Mem­bre hon­ori­fique Hon­orary member.