Statistics

The PEN International Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) Caselist covering the six month period January to June 2011 is now available here.

In the first half of 2011, PEN International’s WiPC monitored over 647 cases of attacks against writers, journalists, publishers and others. These include 24 killings and 176 long prison terms of which 107 were PEN main cases – those where it is clear that the reason for the arrest is linked to the person’s writings or legitimate and peaceful political activities. The case list also recorded 56 releases.
 
The caselist (available here in PDF format) provides brief summaries of all the cases recorded in the first half of 2011.  

 

(Half Year Figures)

JANUARY – JUNE 2011

Killed

2
Killed – Motive Unknown

22
Disappeared

11
Imprisoned – Main Case

107
Imprisoned – Investigation

69
Judicial Concern

3
On Trial (not imprisoned)

170
Non Custodial Sentence

21
Brief Detention

87
Death Threat

23
Other Threat/Harassment

48
Attacked/Ill-treated

84

Total

647
Released

56

Data collected from PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee Case
List – January to July 2011. To see the full report, please click here

(Full Year Figures)

JANUARY – DECEMBER 2010
Killed
11
Killed – Motive unknown
28
Disappeared
11
Imprisoned – Main case
148
Imprisoned – Investigation
71
Judicial Concern
4
On trial (not imprisoned)
184
Non Custodial Sentence
22
In Hiding
0
Brief Detention
59
Death Threat
46
Other threat/Harassment
86
Attacked/Ill-treated
61
Kidnapped
2

Total
733
Released
104

Data collected from PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee Case
List – January to December 2010. To see the full report, please click here.

(Half Year Figures)

JULY – DECEMBER 2010

Killed
5
Killed – Motive Unknown
10
Disappeared
11
Imprisoned – Main Case
140
Imprisoned – Investigation
71
Judicial Concern
4
On trial (not imprisoned)
166
Non Custodial sentence
9
In hiding
0
Brief detention
24
Death threat
31
Other threat/Harassment
27
Attacked/Ill-treated
33
Kidnapped
0

Total
532
Released
45

Data collected from PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee Case
List – July to December 2010. To see the full report, please click here.

(Full Year Figures)

JANUARY TO DECEMBER 2009

Killed
13
Killed – Motive Unknown
22
Disappeared
6
Imprisoned – Main Case
151
Imprisoned – Investigation
116
Judicial Concern
5
On Trial (not imprisoned)
197
Non Custodial Sentence
45
In Hiding
2
Brief Detention
88
Death Threat
57
Other Threat/Harassment
98
Attacked/Ill-treated
94
Kidnapped
4
Total
900
Released
52

Data collected from International PEN’s Writers in Prison Committee Case
List – January to June 2009. To see the full report, please click here.

(Half-year Figures)

JANUARY TO JUNE 2010

Killed
6
Killed – Motive Unknown
18
Disappeared
10
Imprisoned – Main Case
148
Imprisoned – Investigation
67
Judicial Concern
3
On Trial (not imprisoned)
184
Non Custodial Sentence
13
In Hiding
0
Brief Detention
35
Death Threat
15
Other Threat/Harassment
56
Attacked/Ill-treated
28
Kidnapped
2
Deported/Fled
2
Total
587
Released
59

Data collected from International PEN’s Writers in Prison Committee Case
List – January to June 2010. To see the full report, please click here.

JULY TO DECEMBER 2009
Killed
4
Killed – Motive Unknown
9
Disappeared
7
Imprisoned – Main Case
151
Imprisoned – Investigation
116
Judicial Concern
3
On Trial (not imprisoned)
197
Non Custodial Sentence
24
In Hiding
2
Brief Detention
32
Death Threat
25
Other Threat/Harassment
42
Attacked/Ill-treated
52
Kidnapped
2
Total
666
Released
28

JANUARY TO JUNE 2009

 
Killed
9
Killed – Motive Unknown
13
Disappeared
6
Imprisoned – Main Case
136
Imprisoned – Investigation
72
Judicial Concern
5
On Trial (not imprisoned)
193
Non Custodial Sentence
21
In Hiding
1
Brief Detention
56
Death Threat
32
Other Threat/Harassment
56
Attacked / Ill-treated
42
Kidnapped
2
Total
644
Released
24
 
Data collected from International PEN’s Writers in Prison Committee Case List – January to June 2009. To see the full report, please click here.
 
JULY TO DECEMBER 2008
 
Killed
2
Killed – motive unknown
18
Disappeared
0
Imprisoned – Main Case
133
Imprisoned – Investigation
63
Judicial Concern
4
Under Judicial Process
190
Non Custodial Sentence
30
In Hiding
1
Brief Detention
43
Death Threat
35
Other Threat / Harassment
42
Attacked / Ill-treated
62
Kidnapped
0
Total
623
Released
26
 
JANUARY TO JUNE 2008

Killed

2

Killed – Motive Unknown

18
Disappeared

7
Imprisoned – Main Case

124
Imprisoned – Investigation

65
Judicial Concern

4
Under Judicial Process

203
Non Custodial Sentence

16
In Hiding

1
Brief Detention

50
Death Threat

45
Other Threat/Harassment

51
Attacked/Ill-treated

65
Kidnapped

1
Total

653
Released

35

Data collected from International PEN’s Writers in Prison Committee Case List – January to June 2008. To see the full report, please click here.


JULY TO DECEMBER 2007

 

Killed 


Killed Investigation*    


Disappeared    

18 
Main Case (Imprisoned)    

118 
Under Investigation (Imprisoned)    

65 
Judicial Concern    


Under Judicial Process    

155 
Non Custodial Sentence    

45 
In Hiding    

10 
Brief Detention    

43 
Death Threat    

30 
Other Threat/Harassment    

44 
Attacked/Ill-treated    

34 
Kidnapped    


Deported/Expelled/Fled    


Total    

582 
Released    

52 

Data collected from International PEN’s Writers in Prison Committee Case List – July to December 2007. See the full report here.

JANUARY TO JUNE 2007

 

Killed  

29 
Killed Investigation*    

10 
Disappeared    

31 
Main Case (Imprisoned)    

152 
Under Investigation (Imprisoned)    

58 
Judicial Concern    


Under Judicial Process    

142 
Non Custodial Sentence    

53 
In Hiding     


Brief Detention    

66 
Death Threat    

57 
Other Threat/Harassment    

100 
Attacked/Ill-treated    

70 
Kidnapped    


Deported/Expelled/Fled    


Total     

781 
Released    

42

 

Data collected from International PEN’s Writers in Prison Committee Case List – January to June 2007. 

 

JANUARY TO DECEMBER 2006
 
Killed    

18
Killed Investigation*    

29
Disappeared    

18
Main Case (Imprisoned)    

144
Under Investigation (Imprisoned)    

52
Judicial Concern    

24
Under Judicial Process    

227
Non Custodial Sentence     

43
In Hiding    

6
Brief Detention    

204**
Death Threat    

73
Other Threat/Harassment    

93
Attacked/Ill-treated    

81
Kidnapped   

4
Deported/Expelled/Fled     

4
Total    

1020
Released    

71

Data collected from International PEN’s Writers in Prison Committee Case Lists for 2006.

* Killed investigation = not sure if targeted because of their writing – ie in the course of a robbery, cross fire, etc.
** This figure does not include a reported c.200 writers and journalists briefly detained in early 2006.

Originally posted with the url: www.englishpen.org/writersinprison/statistics/

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