In 2020, producer Mary Lynk for the IDEAS program of Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) made a documentary about Ahmet Altan’s work and imprisonment, which won an Amnesty International Award in Canada for outstanding human rights reporting.

Mary Lynn also spoke to Ahmet Altan in late December 2023, about fear, resilience, authoritarianism, and the fierce power of literature to inspire a better humanity.

You can read an excerpt from the conversation here or listen to it in its entirety here.

In September 2021, five months after his release from prison, Ahmet Altan was interviewed by Yasemin Çongar at the studio of Kıraathane Istanbul Literature House. In this two-hour conversation (in Turkish) which was webcast on YouTube, the author talked at length about his time behind bars and the three books he wrote in prison, namely his memoir, “I Will Never See the World Again,” and the novels “Lady Life” and “The Dice.”

You can watch the conversation here.