Posts Tagged: PEN International


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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Season’s Greetings 2016: write to a writer at risk

Every year, our colleagues at PEN International compile a list of writers at risk and their families to whom members are encouraged to send seasonal greetings. Past recipients have told us about how these cards can provide much-needed moral support, and a crucial reminder that they have not been forgotten; others have told of how they

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Ahmed Naji’s The Plant

Novelist and journalist Ahmed Naji has now served more than nine months of his two-year prison sentence for ‘violating public modesty’. The charge relates to the the publication of excerpts from his 2014 novel Istikhdam al-Hayat (The Use of Life) in Akhbar al-Adab magazine, also in 2014. Two motions for a stay of implementation of Naji’s

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