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On 27 January 2012 PEN International published a letter in the Mexican paper El Universal and Canadian Le Devoir addressed to the writers and journalists of Mexico, who have been repeatedly and brutally prevented from practising their professions due to a culture of violence and impunity. The letter was signed by 170 of the world’s leading authors, including seven Nobel Laureates. If you would like to get more involved in our Mexico campaign, please sign our online petition here.

To the journalists and writers of Mexico:

We, writers from around the world, stand with you and all Mexican citizens who are calling out for the killing, the impunity, the intimidation to stop.
These violations diminish us all and threaten the right of Mexican citizens to live lives both safe and free from censorship.
You have an absolute right to life and a guaranteed right to practice your profession free from fear.
We call on your government to apprehend and prosecute all who have silenced your colleagues and seek to silence you. This is its obligation – to respect and to protect citizens and their rights.
We honor your courage and demand this in the name of our common humanity.

Signed:

Tomotsuyo Aizawa; Chinua Achebe; Daniel Alarcón; Edward Albee; Claribel Alegría; Monica Ali; Martin Amis; K. Anthony Appiah; Kozaburo Arashiyama; Jiro Asada; Takashi Atoda; Margaret Atwood; Paul Auster; Russell Banks; Giaconda Belli; Marie-Claire Blais; Marian Botsford Fraser; Michel Marc Bouchard; Joseph Boyden; Breyten Breytenbach; Nicole Brossard; Peter Carey; Georges Castera; Cristiana Chamorro; Ron Chernow; Antonio Cisneros; Georges-Emmanuel Clancier; Sylvestre Clancier; Adrienne Clarkson; J.M. Coetzee; Leonard Cohen; Billy Collins; Robert Coover; Douglas Coupland; David Cronenberg; Edwidge Danticat; Bei Dao; René de Obaldia; Tatsuro Dekune; Don DeLillo; Kiran Desai; E.L. Doctorow; Ariel Dorfman; Dave Eggers; Atom Egoyan; Peter Englund; Victor Erofeyev; Jonathan Safran Foer; Charles Foran; Jonathan Franzen; Lady Antonia Fraser Pinter; Michael Frayn; Shozo Fujii; Motohiko Fuma; Neil Gaiman; Antonio Gamoneda; Luis García Montero; Mempo Giardinell; Graeme Gibson; Jacques Godbout; Francisco Goldman; Nadine Gordimer; Philip Gourevitch; Almudena Grandes; David Grossman; Gloria Guardia de Alfaro; Tarik Gunersel; Kirsty Gunn; Mark Haddon; David Hare; Ronald Harwood; Markéta Hejkalová; Aleksandar Hemon; Tomson Highway; Lawrence Hill; Yoshiaki Hishinuma; Hori Takeaki; Akemi Hosoi; Siri Hustvedt; Futaba Igarashi; Philo Ikonya; Jean-Yves Jason; Ha Jin; Noe Jitrik; Naïm Kattan; Minato Kawamura; William Kennedy; Etgar Keret; Elias Khoury; Michito Kikuch; Yasumasa Kiyohara; Naomi Klein; Bin Konno; George Konrád; Edvard Kovac; Hari Kunzru; Yoson Kurahashi; Hanif Kureishi; Dany Laferrière; Ola Larsmo; Eric Lax; Gil-Won Lee; Robert Lepage; Jonathan Lethem; Yang Lian; Margaret MacMillan; Émile Martel; Yann Martel; Tununa Mercado; Jean-Eugène Milcé; Rohinton Mistry; Eto Mori; Midori Mori; Toni Morrison; Alice Munro; Yukio Nagashima; Atsuo Nakamura; C.W. Nicol; Masaaki Nishiki; Akira Nogami; Fumiaki Noya; Mitsuyoshi Numano; You Ohara; Michael Ondaatje; Orhan Pamuk; DBC Pierre; Ricardo Piglia; José Manuel Prieto; Emmelie Prophète; Francine Prose; Philip Pullman; Sergio Ramírez Mercado; Lionel Ray; Hubert Reeves; Nino Ricci; Juan Manuel Roca; Salman Rushdie; Amadou Lamine Sall; Ayako Sato; John Ralston Saul; Bernhard Schlink; Eugene Schoulgin; Kamila Shamsie; Gary Shteyngart; Haroon Siddiqui; Larry Siems; Sjón; Antonio Skármeta; Gillian Slovo; Ali Smith; Adam Somers; Wole Soyinka; Rose Styron; David Suzuki; Chihaya Takahashi; Satoko Tamura; Josep Maria Terricabras; Colm Tóibín; Michel Tremblay; Lyonel Trouillot; Takashi Tsujii; Jane Urquart; Mario Vargas Llosa; MG Vassanji; Derek Walcott; Per Wästberg; Sarah Waters; A.B. Yehoshua; Shinobu Yoshioka; Saadi Yousef

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