ROME – Nobel-winning Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk on Sunday lashed out at the arrest of a leading journalist and warned Turkey was heading toward “a regime of terror.”
“In Turkey, we are progressively putting behind bars all people who take the liberty of voicing even the slightest criticism of the government,” Pamuk said.
The crackdown is being driven by “the most ferocious hatred,” he added.
“Freedom of thought no longer exists. We are distancing ourselves at high speed from a state of law and heading towards a regime of terror,” Pamuk said bluntly.
His front-page opinion piece was published by La Repubblica newspaper a day after the dawn detention of prominent journalist Ahmet Altan and his brother, Mehmet Altan, a renowned academic and economist. Read more