Posts tagged "Meinungsfreiheit"
China: Renewed crackdown on writers and journalists ahead of 25th anniversary of Tiananmen protests

China: Renewed crackdown on writers and journalists ahead of 25th anniversary of Tiananmen protests

London, 7 May 2014 - Five prominent dissident writers arrested for taking part in events to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the crackdown on the 1989 pro-democracy protests should be released immediately and unconditionally, PEN International said today. Two of those detained are members of the Independent Chinese PEN Centre (ICPC), an affliate centre of the global...
Poem for the Weekend: Hashem Shaabani, "Seven Reasons Why I Should Die"

Poem for the Weekend: Hashem Shaabani, “Seven Reasons Why I Should Die”

Seven Reasons Why I Should Die by Hashem Shaabani   For seven days they shouted at me: You are waging war on God! On Saturday, they said it’s because you’re Arab On Sunday, Well, you’re from Ahvaz On Monday: Remember that you are Iranian Tuesday: You mock the Holy Revolution Wednesday: Didn’t you raise your...
Khaled Khalifa: Speech on winning the 2013 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature

Khaled Khalifa: Speech on winning the 2013 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature

Ahram Online has recently published the full speech of the Syrian writer and novelist, Khaled Khalifa, the winner of the 2013 Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature, granted by the American University in Cairo. Khalifa, who is living under the fierce crackdown of the Syrian regime and witnessed the atrocities of Baath ruling party during the...
Aus der bunten Bücherwelt: Ehlings Wochenblick (4/2014)

Aus der bunten Bücherwelt: Ehlings Wochenblick (4/2014)

Liebe Gemeinde, in dieser Woche geht es um hybride Leser, Indie-Buchhändler, Nook, Indien, China, Herrn Hitler, Buch-Tattoos und mehr. In den vergangenen Jahren hatten die Kassandras Konjunktur, die uns verkündeten, dass das gute alte Buch mindestens am Abgrund der Lesergunst steht, aber eigentlich schon zum Sturzflug angesetzt hat. Das taugt natürlich, um die lieb gewonnene...
Mahmoud Saeed: There Are Millions of Short Stories, But…

Mahmoud Saeed: There Are Millions of Short Stories, But…

Dear readers, we have started collaborating with the blog Arabic Literature (in English) which has brought news, information and insight on the region’s publishing industry for a  long time. For daily updates, please subscribe on their website. Iraqi novelist and short-story writer Mahmoud Saeed (Saddam City, Through the Eyes of Angels) has seen two of...
Day of the Dead - remembering murdered writers in Latin America

Day of the Dead – remembering murdered writers in Latin America

Every year on 2nd November, the Mexican Day of the Dead, PEN International and PEN centres around the world commemorate murdered colleagues in Latin America through campaigns, events, film screenings, readings and more. Day of the Dead is a time when the families and friends of the departed in Latin America and beyond commemorate the...
Independent Chinese PEN Centre complains about London Book Fair

Independent Chinese PEN Centre complains about London Book Fair

In an open letter to the British Council, the Independent Chinese PEN Centre has protested against the invitation of the Chinese censorship authority to organise the Chinese participation in the London Book Fair. We document this letter and join in the protest. Dear Madams/Sirs It has come to our attention that for this month’s London...
Und täglich grüßt der Blockwart: Warum private Zensur auch im Internet nichts zu suchen hat

Und täglich grüßt der Blockwart: Warum private Zensur auch im Internet nichts zu suchen hat

Stellen Sie sich vor, Sie gehen einkaufen. Eine Bluse, ein Hemd, Unterwäsche zum Beispiel. Die Verkäuferin an der Ladenkasse tippt die Preise ein, Sie reichen Ihre Kreditkarte zum bezahlen über den Tresen. Dann rattert das Bezahlgerät, eine Meldung erscheint und die Verkäuferin gibt Ihnen die Kreditkarte zurück und sagt: „Tut mir leid, die Bluse können...