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Six writers on life behind bars in Turkey

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Journalist Kareem Shaheen published an article on the Turkey’s jailed journalists

It is hard to be in prison. It’s even harder when it’s because your typical acts of journalism have been criminalised. We are surrounded by emptiness: stuck between a past that we don’t belong to and a future that we can’t predict.

THE ONLY LINK THAT CONNECTS ME AN MY FELLOW INMATES TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD

The only link that connects me and my fellow inmates to the outside world is the little bit of sky that winks at us beyond an eight-metre wall. A little piece of sky, barely as big as my palm, which is also obstructed by razor wire.

Books and letters would bring a sense of freedom to a place like this, where everything is so rigid and unjust. But they are forbidden. The newspapers and television do not give us much comfort.

For a long time there has been a world of difference between what appears on the screens and pages and the actual reality of what is happening in Turkey.

RIGHT NOW, I FEEL WHAT ANYONE WOULD FEEL IF THEIR FREEDOM WAS TAKEN AWAY

Right now, I feel what anyone would feel if their freedom was taken away if they refused to be a journalist that obey their president.

You feel deaf although you can hear everything, blind although you can see everything

Being in my situation is like being awoken from your sleep in a place that you are completely foreign to. You feel deaf although you can hear everything, you feel blind although you can see everything, and you feel muted although you can explain everything. This is where I’m at right now.

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