As reported in the Herald today, Faizah Shaheen is considering taking legal action against Thomson Airways following her detention under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act in July. Cabin crew had reported Ms Shaheen to the police after observing her reading Syria Speaks, an acclaimed anthology of writing by Syrian artists and writers, which received
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On 25 July, British NHS worker Faizah Shaheen was detained under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act, following suspicions about the book she was reading. The book in question was Syria Speaks, an extraordinary anthology of Syrian art and culture from the frontline and a PEN-supported title, published by Saqi Books in 2014. English PEN
No one should ever be detained by the police on the basis of the literature they’re reading
Listen back to last month’s panel discussion, Translating the Syrian News. With Paul Mason, Zaher Omareen, Armand Hurault and Malu Halasa.
To inaugurate the publication of Syria Speaks, which will be touring UK bookshops, universities, refugee centres and schools, co-editor Malu Halasa writes for PEN Atlas about the uprising, the bravery and black humour of the activists, and how a satirical cartoon and finger puppets inspired the collection