Meltem Arikan


Freedom is problematic all around the world; east, west, south, north; because we are all united and we are all entering into the digital world. People in the West are living under the same specifications and institutions belonging to analogue world as people in the East. The only difference is that the West says yes to the transition to digital world from a technological perspective, but says no to its sociological and psychological systems. Today, all around the world, those who struggle for freedom support each other and the pioneers of this movement. All of the occupations on streets by the 99%, Wikileaks, Anonymous and Anonymiss are trying to provide the transition to the digital world. You must know that nothing can change if you do not take any responsibility and just keep watching  your television…




Meltem Arıkan is a Turkish novelist and playwright. Her fourth novel Yeter Tenimi Acıtmayın (Stop Hurting My Flesh) was banned in early 2004 by the Committee to Protect the Minors from Obscene Publications, with the accusation of "Writing about the non-existing incest fact in Turkey, attempting to disturb the Turkish family order with a feminist approach.” The ban was lifted after two months and Arıkan has been awarded with “Freedom of Idea and Statement Prize 2004” by the Turkish Publishers’ Association. She published her 9th novel in 2009.  Stop Hurting My Flesh was recently republished in Turkish and will be published in English in 2012.

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