Jailed writers Kerem Bilen and Fırat Can were denied access to the books they wrote in prison due to post-coup emergency measures.

Mehmet Salih Erşari, the editor of the publisher Arjen Yayinlari said the authors cannot take a copy of their own books.

“It is a great injustice not to give an author his own book. It makes no sense. It cannot be explained with the ‘book ban.’ The authors sent us the drafts of these books with the approval of the prison management in the first place. When we published them and tried to send back to the authors as books, they did not accept,” Erşari said.

Under arrest for 18 years on charges of membership to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), author Kerem Bilen wrote his Kurdish-language novel, Meşa Jiyanê, [Life journey] in Trabzon E Type Prison.

Firat Can was arrested in Syria and deported back to Turkey in April 2011 over similar charges. His book, Umuda Bir Ülke [A County Through Hope] was written in Antalya prison.

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