LitBirthdays November 15 – Day of Imprisoned Writers

November 15 is the

Day of the Imprisoned Writer

November 15

Day of the Imprisoned Writer

On November 15 the Writers in Prison Committee of International PEN remembers writers who are and have been jailed for their writings.

2016 PEN list of imprisoned writers
Ahmed Naji, Novelist & Journalist (Egypt)
Aslı Erdoğan, Novelist & PEN member (Turkey)
Cesario Alejandro Félix Padilla Figueroa, Student leader & PEN member (Honduras)
Dareen Tatour, Poet (Israel)
Gui Minhai, Publisher (China)

2017 Article about Gui Minhai

Article about writers imprisoned in Turkey

History of the PEN Day of the Imprisoned Writer: On July 24, 1960, at the International PEN Center Congress in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a  list of 56 names — 7 writers imprisoned in Albania, 25 in Czechoslovakia, 13 in Hungary, 2 in France and 9 in Romania, was circulated among the delegates.

Read more here

Read the Wikipedia article about International PEN

2009: Liu Xiaobo – China

Remembering Liu Xiaobo

2008: Sayed Parvez Kambakhsh – Afghanistan 2007: Hrant Dink – Turkey (Armenia)

Remembering Hrant Dink

2006: Anna Politkovskaya – Russia

Remembering Anna Politkovskaya

2005: Lydia Cacho – Mexico 2004: Ali Lmrabet – Morocco
2003: Thich Huyen Quang – Vietnam 2002: Dawit Isaak – Eritrea 2001: Sihem Bensedrine – Tunisia


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