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writers in exile

Eynulla Fatullayev

ENGLISH PEN HAILS RELEASE OF EDITOR EYNULLA FATULLAYEV – 26 May 2011 English PEN welcomes the news that Azerbaijani editor Eynulla Fatullayev has been pardoned and released from prison.  Fatullayev, who has been imprisoned for almost four years, was released by the authorities ahead of Azerbaijan’s Independence Day on 28 May.  He is already at

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Lapiro de Mbanga

On 8 April 2011, popular Cameroonian singer-songwriter Lapiro de Mbanga was released from New Bell Prison in Douala, following a three year sentence. He was originally charged with ‘complicity in looting, destruction of property, arson, obstructing streets, degrading the public or classified property, and forming illegal gatherings’ in July 2008, after his involvement in mass

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Pedro Arguelles Moran

English PEN are delighted to report the release from prison of our Honorary Member independent journalist Pedro Argüelles Morán on 4 March 2011. Argüelles, who has been allowed to stay in Cuba under a special parole programme, is the last of the many writers arrested in March 2003 government crackdown on dissidents to be freed,

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Muhammad Bekzhon (Bekjanov)

English PEN were pleased to learn that our Honorary Member Muhammad Bekzhon (Bekjanov) was reportedly released on the expiry of his sentence in March 2011.  Journalist Muhammad Bekzhon (Bekjanov) was arrested in March 1999, having been deported from Ukraine on accusation of involvement in a series of explosions in Tashkent.  It was thought that his

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Perihan Magden

Born in Istanbul in 1960, Perihan Magden graduated in psychology from Bosphorous University. She has written novels, poetry, short stories and works as a journalist. Magden wrote for the Turkish newspaper Radikal from 1997 to 2000 and was sued by the Turkish Government for an exposé on State practices. Her novel, 2 Girls (2005) was a

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