Turkish writer gets additional jail term

Last Wednesday, Ahmet Altan, a prominent Turkish novelist and newspaper editor, was handed an additional six years of jail only a week after he was sentenced to life in prison. These additional six years were for an article Ahmet wrote in support of Kurdish people and for a text in which he criticised President Erdogan. The recent long term jail sentences given to critics of the Turkish government is a dangerous new sign for workers and activists in Turkey. In addition, the propaganda against any opponents of the Turkish government is reaching new levels with TV hosts regularly calling for the death of any traitors to Turkey.