nov 152011
 

15. november markerede PEN INTERNATIONALs 'Writers in Prison Committee'

DEN FÆNGSLEDE FORFATTERS DAG

 

Kære medlemmer, kolleger og venner af PEN,

Den 15. November  markerede PEN-centre verden over Fængslede forfatteres Dag.

Fængslede forfatteres Dag er en årlig, international markering til støtte for og anerkendelse af kolleger, der gør modstand mod undertrykkende regimers krænkelser af deres basale ret til ytringsfrihed, og som udsættes for trusler og angreb, fordi de hævder retten til at indsamle og dele informationer.

Igen i år vil vi sætte fokus på et antal konkrete sager, fordelt på fem geografiske regioner, som er repræsentative for de typer af angreb og trusler mod kolleger, som vi ser rundt om i verden:

 

Reeyot Alemu (Ethiopia): political columnist who has been held incommunicado and without charge since her arrest on 21st of June 2011. Ms. Alemu is believed to be detained under Ethiopia’s sweeping 2009 antiterrorism law.  Susana Chavez (Mexico): poet and human rights activist who was murdered on 6 January 2011 in an attack many have claimed was the result of her writing and activism.  Tashi Rabten (Tibet): poet and essayist, convicted of inciting separatism for a collection of political articles he wrote concerning the suppression of the March 2008 protests in Lhasa. Abdul-Jalil Al-Singace (Bahrain): activist and online blogger who has been sentenced to life imprisonment for publicising the deteriorating human rights situation in his home country.  Nadim Sener and Ahmet Shik (Turkey): journalists who have been detained for writing books and articles disclosing police and other high level links to individuals arrested in the Ergenekon case under which over 200 people are accused of being involved in coup plots.

 

Flere oplysninger om de enkelte sager kan findes på PEN International’s webside: www.internationalpen.dk

Dagen bruges også til at mindes de 34 andre skribenter, der er myrdet siden 15. november 2010. Se længere nede:

 

 

Marian Botsford Frasier, der er forkvinde for Writers in Prison-komiteen, skriver i anledning af dagen:

Today is the 30th annual PEN International Day of the Imprisoned Writer. When I was in Stockholm a year ago for Swedish PEN’s annual event, I was told by someone that the Day of the Imprisoned Writer was proposed to PEN in 1981 by one of our esteemed presidents, Arthur Miller. Over thirty years, it‘s become a date that many PEN centres use to raise awareness, fundraise; it’s a date on which prizes are announced, a day on which PEN members come together with friends and supporters to mark the two central enterprises of PEN, promoting literature and defending freedom of expression.

As always, the WiPC staff has prepared background materials and a news release, highlighting current emblematic cases from the casebook; click here to see this year’s list. Some centres choose one or more of these cases for their own events; other centres use November 15 as a key public date in ongoing work on behalf of honorary members.

This year, because of recent disturbing events in Turkey, including the detention of publisher Ragip Zarakolu, among others, some centres are focusing on Turkey, and several are working together, with our colleagues from IPA, on a Turkey strategy. Norwegian PEN President, Anders Heger, has written a terrific op-ed about Ragip, who has many friends in PEN centres around the world; read here.

 

Siden 15. november 2010 er 34 forfattere/journalister blevet dræbt. Vi bringer her listen over deres navne. Æret være deres minde. 

2010

1.   28 December,  China               SUN Hongjie     Senior reporter
2011
1.    5 January , Pakistan             Ilyas Nazar                           Journalist
2.    6 January,  Mexico                Susana CHAVEZ                 Poet and human rights advocate
3.    23 January, India                  Umesh RAJPUT                  Reporter
4.    17 Febuary, Iraq                     Hila Al Ahmad                   Journalist
5.       8 March,   Mexico                Noel LOPEZ OLGUIN        Journalist
6.    18 March,   Yemen                M. Y. AL-MALAYIA         Journalist
7.      5 April,   Bahrain                   Karim Fakhrawi               Newspaper founder and journalist
8.       5 April, Pakistan                   Zaman IBRAHIM             Crime reporter
9.     14 April, P. A.                         Vittorio Arrigoni               Journalist and activist
10.   21 April, Bolivia                   David NINO de GUZMAN                      News director, journalist
11.     3 May, Brazil                        Valério NASCIMENTO                      Newspaper owner and journalist
12.    17 May, Venezuela             Wilfred Iván OJEDA PERALTA             Political columnist and activist
13.    31 May, Pakistan                 Syed Saleem SHAHZAD                        Journalist and writer
14.     Late May, Ivory Coast      Lago SYLVAIN                    Journalist
15.    8 June,  North Ossetia       Shamil DZHIKAYEV            Poet
16.    11 June,  India                    Jyotirmoy DEY                        Investigations editor
17.    13 June, Mexico                 Pablo RUELAS BARRAZA    Journalist
18.    15 June, Brazil                    Ednaldo FIGUEIRA                  Blogger and newspaper owner
19.    20 June,  Mexico                Miguel Angel LOPEZ VELASCO      Journalist and editor
20.    3 July,  Mexico                  Angel CASTILLO CORONA      Journalist
21.    5 July, Syria                       Ibrahim QASHOUSH                  Poet and song writer
22.   30 June, Colombia           Luis Eduardo GOMEZ                      Journalist
23.   29 July, Mexico                 Yolanda ORDAZ De La CRUZ                Crime reporter
24.    5 August, Brazil                 Auro IDA                                                  Political columnist
25.    23 August, Pakistan        Muneer SHARIK                               Journalist
26.    24 August, Mexico           Humberto MILLAN SALAZAR                 Political columnist
27.     1 September, Mexico     Ana María YARCE VIVEROS                Reporter and magazine founder
28.     1 September, Mexico     Rocio GONZALEZ TRAPAGA                Freelance journalist
29.      8 September, Iraq          Hadi Al-MAHDI                                  Journalist, playwright
30.    27 September, Mexico    María Elizabeth MARCIAS CASTRO     Editor and blogger
31.    4 October, India                 Ramesh SINGLA                               Journalist
32.    7 October, Pakistan          Faisal QURESHI                                     Editor
33.    7 October,  Philippines    Jonson PASCUAL                            Journalist
 
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