Under arrest since July 31, 2016, veteran columnist and writer Ali Bulaç has said he is being denied access to books in prison.

A main opposition Republican Peoples’ Party (CHP) delegation has recently paid a visit to some of the arrested journalists in Silivri prison.

According to a report CHP group prepared on its visits, Ali Bulaç is not able to access to writing materials as well as books.

“Let them give me meal only once a day. It doesn’t matter of they leave me to starve but they shall not keep me without books. I am 66 years old. I want to write a new book but I can’t. This affects me more than hunger,” Bulaç said.

“I have health problems. I have diabetes. [But] They give me only generic pills not the original ones,” he added.

A columnist and an op-ed contributor for the now-closed Zaman newspaper, Bulac was detained on July 27, 2016 over his ties to the Gulen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding a coup attempt the same month. He was arrested only three days after on accusation of spreading propaganda on behalf of the movement.

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