Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Pen Tangles; Pent Angels

"Freedom to Write" by sabaanaeh, (from: toonpool)
"In July 1960, International PEN established a committee to monitor countries 'where writers had been imprisoned because they spoke or wrote their minds.' Initially, the Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) focused on writers in Albania, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, France and Romania. Later, its scope was expanded to include other groups. Today the committee monitors hundreds of bloggers, editors, journalists, playwrights, poets, publishers, screenwriters and translators who have been threatened, attacked, detained, tortured or killed for expressing the truth as they see it."
PEN Canada
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"Our members include poets and novelists, playwrights and journalists, emerging writers and prizewinners. Your membership dollars [for the Month of June 2013, only $40.00] will help fund a slate of vital programming, from our writers-in-prison committee, which has brought attention to imprisoned writers ranging from Ken Saro-Wiwa to Anna Politkovskaya, to the writers-in-exile committee, which supports those who have been forced from their home countries for simply expressing themselves, to the national affairs committee, which monitors censorship, intimidation, and matters of free expression closer to home…."
PEN Canada

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