PEN members stand in solidarity with PEN Afghanistan

kabul2 June 2017 – PEN members and writers from around the world, gathered inNorway for PEN’s Writers in Prison Committee meeting stand in solidarity with Afghan PEN and the people of Afghanistan after the appalling bomb attack in central Kabul on the 31st of May, which left 90 people dead and more than 400 injured. Among the killed and injured were media workers and journalists.

‘PEN International wishes to express its heartfelt solidarity with PEN Afghanistan and the Afghan people regarding the recent horrible bomb attack in Kabul, killing and injuring so many innocent people. Such attacks contribute to aggravate an atmosphere of fear and hopelessness, not least among writers, journalists and other media workers who depend on openness and public engagement in all matters of human concern. Afghan PEN has for many years, in spite of worsening security demonstrated courage and resilience in their defence of writers’ rights and free expression. In these times of horror and fear, we, members of PEN International, gathered at Lillehammer for the Writers in Prison Committee conference, wish to pay our sincere respect to all members of Afghan PEN, as well as our hopes for a future where you can all live without fear and continue your impressive work.’