To Mark this years Day of the Imprisoned Writer, PEN Centres around the world staged events, commemorating friends and colleagues who resist repression of the basic human right to freedom of expression and who stand up to attacks made against their right to impart information.
This year the focus has been on a number of specific cases from around the world that represent the type of threats and attacks faced by our colleagues.
The focus cases for 2012 have been:
Shiva Nazar Ahari (Iran): journalist, writer and human rights activist who was sentenced to four years in prison for her writings and advocacy. For more information click here.
Ericson Acosta (Philippines): a poet, songwriter and activist who has been held without trial since February 2011 on charges which appear to be linked to his writings on human rights and environmental issues. For more information click here.
Regina Martinez (Mexico): correspondent for an investigative news magazine who was murdered in Xalapa, Veracruz State, in April 2012, most likely because of her reporting on organised crime and corruption. For more information click here.
Muharrem Erbey (Turkey): human rights lawyer, writer and Vice-President of the Human Rights Association (IHD), imprisoned under the Anti-Terror Law since December 2009 on charges of “membership of an illegal organization”,charges that appear to be linked to his work as a human rights defender. For more information click here.
Eskinder Nega (Ethiopia): journalist and blogger convicted to 18 years in prison on dubious terrorism related charges, clearly levied as punishment for his reporting on government human rights abuses. For more information click here.
For a full report see Day of the Imprisoned Writer 2012: Centre Activities