Asli Erdogan and Dundar pleaded for more solidarity with the writers being detained. AFP / John MACDOUGALL
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Isolating Turkey serves Erdogan: journalistsThinking back to his months in an Istanbul prison last year, Turkish journalist Can Dundar recalls a fellow inmate asking a guard for a book from the prison library. Among the more than 50,000 people arrested since then are 180 journalists, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has faced fierce criticism from the West over the repression.But Dundar – seated next to celebrated Turkish novelist Asli Erdogan, herself held for four months on "terror propaganda" charges – urged European governments not to turn their backs on Turkey as the rift with Erdogan widens.Millions of Turks voted against granting Erdogan sweeping new powers in last April's controversial referendum, he added.The roundtable talk was one of a series of events at this year's book fair, the publishing industry's top annual showcase, to shine a spotlight on press freedom in Turkey.
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