Dringender Appell für Nedim Türfent

Der Österreichische PEN-Club schließt sich dem internationalen Appell für die Freilassung von Nedim Türfent an. Bitte unterstützen Sie die internationale Kampagne.

Online messages of solidarity can be sent via English PEN’s PENWrites campaign. For more information about PEN’s campaign for Nedim Türfent please click here.


Today marks 2000 days since news editor, reporter and poet Nedim Türfent was arrested and subsequently sentenced to eight years and nine months in prison on trumped-up terrorism charges following an unfair trial, during which scores of witnesses said they had been tortured into testifying against him. Fifty-four organisations urge once again the Turkish authorities to release him immediately and unconditionally, and to overturn his conviction.

‘Today marks another painful milestone in Nedim Türfent’s gross miscarriage of justice. That he has now spent 2000 days behind bars simply for doing his job beggars belief. As a first step towards rectifying this injustice, the Turkish authorities must release him immediately and unconditionally and urgently quash his conviction. Türfent’s application before the European Court of Human Rights is still pending, almost three years after being lodged, and we trust that the Court can prioritize the case. The PEN Community stands once again by Türfent and all the writers and journalists wrongfully imprisoned in Turkey and will keep advocating for their freedom until every single one of them is released’, said Ma Thida, Chair of PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee.

Global appeal

While in prison Nedim Türfent wrote ‘Kuş Aynası,’ a collection of poems published in September 2021 in Turkey by Aram Publishing. Today, the PEN community is proud to publish the English translation of the poem ‘Sana dair izlerin peşinde’ (Following the Traces of You) from this collection, translated by Caroline Stockford, Turkey Advisor at PEN Norway. The poem can be accessed here: https://pen-international.org/news/turkey-solidarity-with-nedim-turfent .

Nedim Türfent

Following the Traces of You

Loneliness lays its hand on my heart

Within me

Just there, just somewhere

A gentle twinge

A tender melancholy

How can I explain?

In the pitch of darkness

I grapple, struggle with your absence.

Your absence

A never-ending adventure

I fill blank pages

With line after line of the lack of you,

Scribbling it hastily.

To write you, to write down

your absence

Is so hard a thing to do!

Striving to write you

Is like a state of stammering,

Stuck in its form like a tied tongue

I’m unable to say so, to spell it out

On these prolific pages

I exist in the roll call

Of your absence.

Here at the shoreline

of my aching eyes, it’s easy to say

I miss you. Here, in a palm-sized cell

Your absence

Is a world’s worth of longing.