Songs To Mothers Whose Sons Have Died
Region: Middle East
Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion
Medium: Literature Print Journalism
Artist: Pablo Neruda (1904 - 1973)
Confronting Bodies: The Turkish State Security Court
Date of Action: 2002
Description of Artwork: Pablo Neruda's poem, Songs to mothers whose sons have died, is a tribute to those bereaved by the Spanish Civil War.
The Incident: Neruda's poem was published in a Turkish magazine, Stance on Cultural Living. Shortly after the issue's release, it became the target of the Turkish State Security Court's prosecution.
Results of Incident: The magazine was banned, the editor, Ahu Zeynep Gorgun, and owner, Muharrem Cenzip, have been charged with "spreading terrorist propaganda."
Source: Index on Censorship, 1/03