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Turkey and the Loss of Democracy

Elif Shafak
Middle East and North Africa

Authoritarianism is on the rise in Turkey and around the world. Turkish author Elif Shafak shares how writers often fall victim to self-censorship in these climates of repression, but they also play a critical role in challenging sexism, islamism, and authoritarianism. In today’s world, writers cannot afford to be apolitical. Defending democracy goes beyond the ballot box — it requires citizen engagement. Elif calls on all of us to become activists for democracy and stand in solidarity with those who oppose tyranny worldwide.