Posts Tagged: Omar Hazek

PEN joins the UK’s biggest poetry festival to celebrate writers at risk

Every year, hundreds of writers and other literary professionals around the world are imprisoned, prosecuted, persecuted, attacked, threatened, forced into exile or even murdered as a result of their work. A significant proportion of these writers are believed to have been detained or otherwise persecuted in relation to their poetry. Throughout this year’s Ledbury Poetry

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Worldwide Reading for Ahmed Naji

More than five years on from the protests that forced Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak to resign, Egypt is among the world’s worst jailers of writers and journalists. At least 20 writers were either imprisoned, detained or on trial in Egypt last year, while the first few months of 2016 have already seen a  wave of

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Egypt: Prisoner pardons welcome but much more must be done to protect freedom of expression

Yesterday’s announcement of a presidential decree granting pardon to 100 people including Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, and poet Omar Hazek, is a small step towards rectifying violations against freedom of expression in the country. ‘While we welcome these pardons and the relief it will bring to those released and their families,

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