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Pro-Turkish government press launches smear campaign against novelists and mythical "international literature lobby"


Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a session at the Turkish parliament. Photograph: Depo Photos/Rex

High profile Turkish novelists Orhan Pamuk and Elif Shafak have been accused of conspiring against the Turkish government through their literature, the Guardian reports. According to the pro-Erdoğan press, Pamuk and Shafak are in cahoots with an international literature lobby with roots in the West. Says Jo Glanville, director of English Pen, in the Guardian:

“It’s a completely routine intimidation practice. The government will use its supporters in the media to discredit anyone who criticises it. This time, it’s by creating this mythical international literature lobby, which clearly has absolutely no grounds to it at all.”

Check out the full article on the Guardian here.