Songs To Mothers Whose Sons Have Died

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Date: 2002

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

Location: Turkey

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