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Orhan Pamuk: “Erdogan wants to control everything”

The Nobel laureate says he cannot keep quiet while Turkey’s President attacks freedom of speech

By Sameer Rahim   November 2015

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The Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk has never been afraid of speaking out. In 2005, he broke a national taboo by speaking to a Swiss newspaper about the killing of one million Armenians during the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. Subsequently, he was prosecuted for “insulting Turkishness” in a case that brought him international attention. In 2006 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, the committee praising a writer, “who in the quest for the melancholic soul of his native…

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