Turkish prison bans all books except holy texts to prevent ‘terror’

A Women’s Prison in Turkey’s western city Izmir, has banned all books except the four major holy texts for prisoners convicted of the country’s terror laws.

“All books, journals and newspapers except the Koran, Holy Bible, Torah and the Book of Psalms are banned until the end of emergency rule to prevent communication between terrorists and terrorist activities,” announced the prison’s Administrative and Observatory Board in a statement issued on Friday.

The conditions in Turkish prisons deteriorated sharply since the failed coup attempt of 15 July 2016 and prisoners are already forbidden to receive or read books other than those stocked in prison libraries.

Inmates convicted of terror laws are not allowed to write or receive letters according to a report about emergency rule practices and human rights abuses, issued on 2 March by the CHP, the main opposition party in the Turkish Parliament.