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Friday, February 29, 2008

Freedom To Read

-Manitoba Writers Guild-
24 HOUR FREEDOM TO READ MARATHON
MILLENIUM LIBRARY
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I will joining many voices tomorrow, as I read aloud from one writer's work deemed unacceptable by a school, a community, a province or a country. One silenced voice will be freed. But in my heart, it will be those writers presently imprisonned or ill-treated for their words for which I will be lending out my voice. Namely:
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  • Wang Dejia (pen name: Jing Chu), arrested December 13, 2007, released on January 12, 2007, “pending trial for one year” and under conditions that he not write anything “attacking the leadership of the Party and State,” “inciting subversion of state power,” or any “political commentary.” CHINA
  • Hu Jia, arrested on 27 December 2007 on suspicion of ‘inciting subversion of state power’. CHINA
  • Writer and activist Amin Ghazaei has been held incommunicado without charge since January 14, 2008. He is reported to be in solitary confinement in Section 209 of Evin Prison, and to have been tortured. IRAN
  • 21 writers, journalists and librarians in CUBA.

The list goes on...To read about these and many other writers whose freedom has been unjustly taken from them, and to see how you can help, visit: http://www.pencanada.ca/programs/prison/index.php

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2 comments:

Polly said...

This brings back memories! What time did you read?

Marjolaine Hébert said...

mm..I suspected you had been where I stood, once! The french children's story book didn't take up all of my alloted time at 14hrs ..blush.