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Ubud_Writers_Readers_Festival(27 October 2015) – In response to the censorship placed on Ubud Writers and Readers Festival by Indonesian authorities, over 290 writers – and previous attendees of the festival – have signed on to a statement urging the authorities to rescind their decision to drop three sessions related to the 50th anniversary of what is known as ‘the year of living dangerously’  as not allowing such conversations violates freedom of expression.  Signatories include Amitav Ghosh, Colin Thubron, Haideh Mogissi, Laksmi Pamuntjak, Lionel Shriver, Michael Chabon, Mohsin Hamid, Sjón, Tariq Ali and Teju Cole.

To sign on to the statement, please click here  or add your name at the bottom of the page.

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The purpose of the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is, as its name suggests, for readers and writers to meet and have a dialogue about literature and society. The festival is a creative, non-violent response to the terrible terrorist attacks in Indonesia in 2002, and its premise is that reconciliation and healing are possible through conversations. In 1965 Indonesia underwent political turmoil, and in the massacres that followed, many thousands of civilians were killed. On its fiftieth anniversary, the festival had planned a series of events to remember the past and to begin a process of healing so that such events do not occur again. We, readers and writers from around the world, including writers who have attended the Ubud Festival in the past, support the festival’s aims, and we are shocked and disappointed that Indonesian authorities have prevented events connected with 1965 from taking place. Not only is this counter-productive; such enforced silence is wrong. We urge the authorities to rescind their decision, even at this late stage, and let people talk, debate, and argue. Not allowing such conversations violates freedom of expression, and we join PEN International and express solidarity with the writers and readers gathered in Ubud.

Signed,

Adam Breasley
Adrian Vickers
Aline Davidoff
Amitav Ghosh
Anna Krien
Annabel Smith
Anne Buist
Ayelet Waldman
Ayu Utami
Barbara Epler
Bernice Chauly
Christel Mahnke
Colin Thubron
Dale Blair
Drusilla Modjeska
Eimear McBride
Eka Kurnawian
Elizabeth Rush
Emma Harrison Clark
Estelle Tang
Frane Lessac
Glen Duncan
Graeme Simsion
Haideh Mogissi
Iman Humaydan
Janet Steele
John H McGlynn
Juergen Lenzko
Julian Burnside
Justin Lancy
Khairani Barokka
Kirsti Melville
Kirsty Murray
Laksmi Pamuntjak
Laura Jan McKay
Leila Chudori
Liam Pieper
Lionel Shriver
Lisa Dempster
Maria Peura
Mary Farrow
Michael Chabon
Michael Vatikiotis
Mira Kamdar
Mohsin Hamid
Mona Prince
Monica Cantieni
Noelene Blair
Philip Gwynn
Rebecca Wicks
Richard Lloyd Perry
Rio Helmi
Sarah Alderson
Sarah Darmondy
Sam Cooney
Sjon
Sofie Laguna
Stanley Harsha
Sunili Govinnage
Tariq Ali
Teju Cole
Tom Doig
Tony Wheeler
V.V. Ganeshananthan
Wojciech Tochman
Zia Haider Rahman
Zohab Zee Khan

Adan Jimenez
Adrianne Miller
Alanda Kariza
Albert Ashok
Albert Edelman
Alice
Andrea Woodhouse
Andrew Holt
Andy Wall
Anett Keller
Anja Portin
Anne-Kathrin Koppetsch
Annie
Annie Pohlman
Antje Schwarz
Antonio Della Rocca
Anuradha Roy
Ariadna Martin
Aruni Kashyap
Barbara Weidle
Barbara Wiebking
Béla Bolten
Benjamin Law
Bente Smidt
Bernd Zabel
Boyko Lambovski
Bruce McPherson
Carol Hebald
Cathy herman
Chiara Macconi
Christiane Dieckerhoff
Christine Holike
Christine McKenzie
Claudia Kohlus
Claudia Silberhorn-Göbel
constance grey
Danie Marais
Daniel Meilchen
Daniel Ziv
Dave Besseling
Deborah Sharp
Deborah Smith
Derry Talvainn
Dessale B. Abraham
Diana Vallejo
Dipali Taneja
Dom Hastings
Dr. Renée Vonpaschen
Edgar Schuster
Ekbaal Baraka
Eko Cahyono
Elaine Spicer
Eleanor G. Lewis
Elena Lappin
Elisabeth Stein-Salomon
Elizabeth Gilarowski
Elizabeth Kuruvilla
Elizabeth Rosner
Elliott Bledsoe
Elsa Tió
emilie zoey baker
Eric Ellis
Erlia Sardizar
Eugene Schoulgin
Eugenia Leftwich
Eva Streifeneder
Evgeni Genchev
Fathia Syarif
Fenn Gordon
Finegan Kruckemeyer
Fiona Colin
Fiona Graham
Fiona McFarlane
Frankie Asare-Donkoh
Gail Jones
Giovanna Della Rocca
Gordon Peake
Hans Thill
Hege Newth Nouri
Helen Fallaw
Henrika Ringbom
Hermien Stellmacher
hilde aga brun
Himali Singh Soin
Iman Humaydan
Imran Rahman
Ingo Wandelt
Ingrid Heuser
Ingrid Knipfer
Ingrid Vander Veken
Jacqui Baker
James Loudon
Jan Karsten
Janah
Jason Erik Lundberg
Jemma Purdey
Jennifer Clement
Jennifer Mackenzie
Jennifer Teo
Jill Dawson
Jim de Seve
Jochen Buchsteiner
Jóhann G. Thorarensen
Johannes Nugroho
Johannes Nugroho
John Ralston Saul
Jon Gresh
Jonathan Trigell
Josef Haslinger
Joshua Ip
Julie Walker
Julietta fix
Jyotirmaya Sharma
Kaiser Haq
Kalevi.suomela
Karthika Nair
Katherine E. Young
Keith Higgins
Kenan Malik
Kerry Dawborn
Kerry Negara
Krasimir Velikov Vardyev
Laksmi Pamuntjak
Lara Neef
Leander Sukov
Leene Rafelt
Leonor Delgado
Lian Low
Lina Morselli
Lucina Kathmann
Ludwig Hofstätter
Lydia Kwa
Madjid Mohit
Magda Carneci
Maggie Tiojakin
Manishi jani
Manon Uphoff
Marc de Faoite
Marcia Lynx Qualey
Margie Orford
Maria-Christina Piwowarski
Max Weber
Meena Kandasamy
Melanie Morrison
Michael Raffel
Michael Stenger
Michael Strobel
Michael Weise
Michaela McGuire
Michelle de Kretser
Mira Kamdar
Mireille Juchau
Mona Attamimi
N. Jayaram
Nichola Smalley
Niels Ivar Larsen
Nina George
Nina herold
Nirwan Dewanto
Okky Madasari
Oleuanna Twig
Paolo Alessi
Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen
Peter Ripken
Phil Jarratt
Poldi Binder
Porochista Khakpour
Prue Gill
Quincy Davis
Rajni George
Raymond Modiz
Rayya Makarim
Rebecca Harkins-Cross
Regula Venske
Ricardo Gil Soeiro
Ricardo Gustavo Espeja
Riikka Takala
Roberto Aria Putra
Rolf Lappert
rosie milne
Ruby J Murray
Sahar Bayati
salena godden
Salil Tripathi
Sangdenai
Sarah Alderson
Saskia Wieringa
Sheree Renee Thomas
Sherry Kasman Entus
Sienna Merope
Signe Hammer
Simone Katrin Paul
Sirpa Kähkönen
Sonja Velez
Sophie Mollart
Sophie Sumburane
Stefan Weidle
stephanie a. frank
Stephen Edgar
Sumonyi Zoltán
Syeda Aireen Jaman Ph D
Sylvia Hubele
Tamer Yazar
Tanja Kinkel
Tarik Gunersel
Tash Aw
Teresa Cadete
Thida
Thomas A. Bass
Thomas Ek
Thomas Huebner
Thor Kerr
Timo Duile
Tina Kanagaratnam
Tobias Kiwitt
Todd Scudiere
Tom Schmitz
Tomoyo Ihaya
Tua Forsström
virginia holmes
Volker Frick
Wahyu Susilo
Will Evans
Wolf
Yolanda López López
Zoë Beck
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  • Indonesian authorities must not censor Ubud Writers and Readers Festival

  • This petition is to urge the Indonesian authorities to rescind their decision to drop three sessions related to the 50th anniversary of what is known as ‘the year of living dangerously’. Please complete and send the petition below to add your voice to ours. You may edit the petition if desired, before sending.

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