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Kazakhstan: Bigeldy Gabdullin, President of Kazakh PEN Club, arrested

On 15 November 2016, as PEN centres around the world marked the annual Day of the Imprisoned Writer, journalist Bigeldy Gabdullin, the President of the Kazakh PEN Club, was arrested in connection with alleged extortion. According to Kazakhstan’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau, Bigeldy Gabdullin used his positions as editor-in-chief of the Central Asia Monitor and director of

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Take action for imprisoned novelist Ahmed Naji

UPDATE: Novelist Ahmed Naji’s appeal hearing has now been adjourned to 18 December. Please help keep up the pressure to #FreeNaji Novelist and journalist Ahmed Naji is currently serving a two-year prison sentence for ‘violating public modesty’. The charge relates to the publication of excerpts from his 2014 novel Istikhdam al-Hayat (The Use of Life) in Akhbar al-Adab magazine, also in

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