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Istanbul University's students hold posters of Boğaziçi University rector Melih Bulu (L) and their own rector, during a protest in solidarity with Boğaziçi, in Istanbul, Turkey, 11 January 2021, OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images

When the president appointed a political ally as rector of Boğaziçi University, students launched an ongoing protest on behalf of academic freedom; the police have reacted with violence, arrests and judicial harassment.

Working with lawyers and judges from all over Europe, PEN Norway has commissioned a series of in-depth reports into indictments that have taken place during the past 5 years in cases against the media, human rights activists and civil society in Turkey.

Those detained were secretary, poet, and translator Hanna Komar; project manager, poet, and translator Uladzimir Liankievic; and translator Siarzh Miadzvedzeu.

Turkey's opposition IYI Party posts an image that reads 'June 25: The opening of Wikipedia', in an election campaign against the ban on the online encyclopedia, in Ankara, 30 April 2018, Altan Gocher/NurPhoto via Getty Images

All language versions of the Wikipedia website have been banned since April 2017. The Turkish authorities say they imposed the ban after Wikipedia refused to remove an article alleging Turkish government support for terrorist groups in Syria.

Valletta, Malta, 19 October 2017. Flowers and tributes at the foot of the Great Siege monument which was turned into a temporary shrine for Daphne Caruana Galizia after her assassination, MATTHEW MIRABELLI/AFP/Getty Images

Six months after Caruana Galizia was murdered, those who ordered the killing remain unidentified; members of the establishment continue to sue her for libel; some ridicule her memory.

European Union (R) and Turkish flags fly at the business and financial district of Levent in Istanbul, Turkey, 4 September 2017, REUTERS/Osman Orsal

Organisations from around the world call on the EU to “be less deferential” towards Turkey.

26 year old Pakistani journalist Zeenat Shahzadi was kidnapped off the streets of Lahore in August 2015. , Facebook

Journalist Zeenat Shahzadi was recently recovered from a kidnapping. Rather than releasing her to her family, the Pakistani government is arbitrarily holding her in custody.

Paramilitary police officers secure the entrance of Silivri prison complex, outside Istanbul, Turkey, 27 December 2016, AP Photo/Mehmet Guzel

ARTICLE 19, PEN International, PEN Norway and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemn this clear violation of fair trial rights and call for their immediate release, and for all charges to be dropped.