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The Day of the Imprisoned Writer celebrates and supports writers who resist repression of the basic human right to freedom of expression and who stand up to attacks made against their right to impart information and insight.
On 15 November former Beirut hostage and writer Brian Keenan, poet Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill and journalist Justine McCarthy will read from the work of writers based around the world who have been targeted because they had the courage to speak their minds. These writers challenge injustice and confront the governments and oppressive regimes who see every criticism as a threat to their power. The human voice is one of the most powerful weapons in defence of human rights and against tyranny, and the writers whose work will be profiled on November 15 have paid a very high price for their courage including:
Chinese poet Zhu Yufu was imprisoned for seven years last December, charged with 'inciting subversion of state power'. The charges reportedly relate to a poem he wrote, as well as other online writings, interviews he gave to foreign media and donations he collected on behalf of families of people jailed for their pro-democracy and human rights activities.
Turkish human rights lawyer and writer Muharrem Erbey has been held in prison since 2009 charged with having links with the illegal PKK. Muharrem Erbey is a writer and columnist and member of the Kurdish Writers' Association.
On 02 September Iranian journalist and women’s rights activist Jila Baniyaghoob began a one year prison term because of her work as a journalist and human rights campaigner, documenting the post-election demonstrations in Iran, and state violence. Her husband, and fellow journalist, Bahman Ahmadi Amou'i is also in prison because of his work as editor of a leading business magazine.
Writers, journalists and poets often force us to confront the reality of the world we live in. They challenge the myths and the self-aggrandising propaganda to expose the truth – the violence and the repression that is inflicted on a daily basis on those who refuse to remain silent in the face of injustice.
Join us on November 15 and show your support for persecuted writers around the world.
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Irish PEN had its first meeting in June 1935. It is an association of Irish Writers, associate members and friends concerned in the written word, in freedom of expression and in the love of Literature. Irish PEN is affiliated to PEN International.
To contact us, please visit www.irishpen.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org. We're looking forward to meeting with you soon.